Shekau irrelevant to routing Boko Haram in 3 months, says Dhq

ABUJA—The Defence Headquarters declared, yesterday, that Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, or any of its cohorts cannot stop the military from ridding the country of terrorists and putting an end to insurgency in the North-East in three months.

A statement by Acting Director of Defence Information, Col. Rabe Abubakar, said: “The Military viewed as irrelevant and fruitless, the motive behind the recent audio clip presumably released by Shekau, the acclaimed leader of Boko Haram sect.

“The Armed Forces is using this medium to appeal to Nigerians not to lose sleep over the concocted audio rhetoric of the waning terrorist sect, which is a usual antic of a drowning person struggling to hold on to anything to remain afloat.

“The Armed Forces wishes to reiterate that it is a well-known fact that the terrorists have been seriously decimated and the tremendous effort and achievement recorded by combined forces of the Nigerian Army and the Air Force is commendable.

“The Armed Forces did not lie about the successes recorded so far in its counter-insurgency operations. For the avoidance of doubt, the liberated communities in the North-East, which were hitherto under the throes of Boko Haram terrorists, are free for an interested person or body to explore.

“The military restates that a number of Boko Haram members have been surrendering and denouncing radicalization.

“Our candid advice to Shekau or his ghost, cohorts or impersonators is to toe the line of their fellow comrades and surrender.”