Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has repeated claims that Boko Haram has been degraded in a radio interview on Sunday 26 November. His statement came after the killing of over 50 people in a mosque in Mubi, Adamawa State and further deaths to soldiers who are fighting the militants.
Speaking on behalf of President Buhari, Lai Mohammed said: “Let me be clear, Boko Haram has been massively degraded and its surviving members put on the run. Instead of being hunters, they are now the hunted.”
“In their desperation to stay relevant, they have resorted to the wicked and dastardly act of using innocent under-aged children to carry out bomb attacks.What we are witnessing now are the last kicks of a dying horse.”
The minister said the government had moved to the next phase, which would be intelligence-driven and an intelligence fusion centre will be established in Maiduguri to gather and share intelligence among security agencies in the country.
In a statement from the Presidency, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu promised second semester school fees for 106 Chibok schoolgirls at the American University of Nigeria in Yola. The government denied that money was paid to Boko Haram for the release of the Chibok girls.
Borno State Government, the epicentre of Boko Haram jihadism, said it would convert the house of Mohammed Yusuf, the founder of Boko Haram, who was killed while in custody with the police, into a museum.
Mohammed Bulama, Borno State Commissioner for Home Affairs, Information and Culture, said, “The place is called Maarcas; we want to build a museum there where all the things that had happened relating to the insurgency will be archived.”
The commissioner added that the government will “document and archive all that had happened so that our future generation will be able to have first-hand information.”
Hassan John is West Africa Editor, GCN and Priest of the Anglican Diocese of Jos
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