Northern Inter-Faith Religious Organizations for Peace, NIFROP, has condemned the alleged comment by the Senator representing Borno Central, Baba Kaka Garbai, that Boko Haram still controls 50 per cent of the state, describing it as sympathy to the group.
National Spiritual Leader of the group, Bishop Musa Phomson, who stated this at a press conference in Abuja, said it was good that the Borno State Governor and the highest ranking Senator from the State, Senator Ali Ndume have condemned Senator Kaka Garbai, for the alarmist claim that half of the state is still under Boko Haram control.
The clerics urged the federal government to wade into the claim by ensuring that the Department of State Security and the police investigate, as it represents a deliberate propaganda by some individuals to create disharmony within the military command and could well be one of the strategies used in building new cells and recruiting young persons into the ranks of the terrorists.
Phomson said it is obvious that following the annihilation of the terrorists by the military, the political wings have now stepped up their attacks in an attempt to demoralise the gallantry of the troops.
He said, “The fallout of the political Boko haram is the on-going vituperation by those acting the script. We have read what they put out in the public space to mislead the public by suggesting that ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’, the Army operations against the insurgents is at variance with the overall military command as embodied by the Defence Headquarters. They even went as far as insinuating rivalry between the Chief of Army Staff and the Chief of Defence Staff to make things look like the CDS is being outshined by the successes of the Army in curtailing the war against terrorism.
“There are even the outrageous speculations that there are arrangements to use the present crop of soldiers on the battle field, who are being coordinated by the Army leadership, to visit the President with all sorts of negative stories just to disconnect the President/Commander-in- Chief from his Service Chiefs and when it was not forthcoming one of them rushed to town with the story that Borno is under the control of Boko Haram.
He commended the Nigerian Army under the leadership of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai as their gallantry made it possible for the liberation of the communities formally under the control of the terrorists.


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