Defence Headquarters, DHQ, Abuja has carpeted the self-acclaimed leader of Boko Haram terror group, Abubakar Shekau, describing him as an irrelevant element as far as the Nigerian military’s counter offensive against the insurgents in the North-East region is concerned.
Apparently, the DHQ was reacting to the recent Shekau’s video claiming that President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian military are liars.
According to a statement issued yesterday by the acting Director, Defence Information, Col. Rabe Abubakar, the military high command stated that, “The Nigerian Armed Forces is not considering any particular person in the terror group to be much relevant in the ongoing onslaught against insurgency in the North East.”
Col. Abubakar stated categorically that Shekau or any of his cohorts would not deter the spate of the military operations to rid the country of criminals hiding under strange religious ideology to kill innocent Nigerians.
The defence spokesman stressed that the Military viewed as irrelevant and fruitless effort the motive behind the recent audio clip presumably released by Shekau, the acclaimed leader of the Boko Haram sect.
He said, “The Armed Forces is using this medium to appeal to the good citizens of Nigeria 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 in the recent time 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 counterinsurgency operations and for avoidance of doubt, the liberated communities in the North East, which were hitherto under the throes of Boko Haram terrorists, are free for interested person or body to explore.”
Col. Abubakar stated further that the military does re-state that in the recent time 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 tow the line of their fellow comrades and surrender now as there is no more hiding place for him or his criminal gang to operate freely any longer.
“It is also necessary to tell those that are still masquerading as leadership of Boko Haram in whatsoever guise to quickly come to terms with the fact that the era of cheap propaganda is over and in no distance time Nigerians and the whole world will know who is saying the truth.
“Therefore, while urging Nigerians and the nation’s well-wishers to disregard the audio clip purportedly released by Shekau in its entirety, the Armed Forces is calling on peace-loving people of our dear nation to go about their normal businesses as the military is working round the clock to rid the country of this devilish and anti-human group.”
He called on Nigerian compatriots to report any suspicious person or object to law enforcement agencies for prompt action, saying “it is in doing this that we would jointly restore the dignity of our dear country from the claw of the terrorists.”

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