Defense headquarters says Boko Haram insurgents are “weakened enemies” of the country and no longer have “sovereignty or authority” over any territory in the country.
John Enenche, the defense spokesman, stated this Friday while speaking on Channels Television’s “Politics Today.”
On the occasion of the Armed Forces Memorial Day, the presidency had said that Boko Haram insurgents are weaker compared to 2015.
“Boko Haram is much weaker today than it was in 2015, as confirmed by the governor of Borno State on December 6, 2020,” Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, had said in a statement.
Confirming the presidency’s stance, he said Boko Haram had between 17 and 20 local government areas under its control in 2015.
He said, however, these areas were recaptured under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Yes, the commander-in-chief is very right when he says we have a weaker Boko Haram. Why is that? In the sense that in 2015, before they came on board, we had a very terrible situation in the northeast.
“Between 17 and 20 local government areas were under the full authority of the insurgents, that is the Boko Haram group, and what does that mean? It means that they (meaning Boko Haram) took over the authority, the local administration and the judiciary.
“They even collected levies that we can call taxes, people were subjected to them, they dismissed traditional rulers and most of them went into exile. In 2016, everything was taken back.”
Eneche said the current crop of Boko Haram insurgents is hiding from one bush to another enclave without the ability to fight.
“What we have now as Boko Haram is a weakened enemy of the country, so it’s very right going from the analysis I just did,” he said.
“Whereas they have moved from the bush to the enclave and from the enclave to the bush. They have no sovereignty or authority in any territory in the northeast, so they don’t have authority in Nigeria, so now we have a weakened Boko Haram.
“Of course, if they are a strong force to contend with, why can’t they come out? They cannot come out.”