The Nigerian army has dismissed a video making the rounds wherein, the alleged killed Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau resurfaced and claimed that the terrorist group has not been routed as claimed by the Nigerian government and the army.
In a statement made available to newsmen by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, it dismissed the video as a mere propaganda.
“The attention of the Nigerian Army is drawn to a video clip released by Boko Haram Terrorist group from an undisclosed location a while ago, showing its purported leader, making spurious claims.”
“While effort is on going to subject the video for further forensic analysis, the Nigerian Army wishes to reiterate that it has captured and occupied the last known stronghold of the terrorists group in the Sambisa forest.”
“We would like to reassure the public that this video is nothing but mere terrorists propaganda aimed at creating fear in the mind of people and to remain relevant.”
“Therefore, there is no cause for alarm, more so as concerted effort in clearing the vestiges of Boko Haram terrorists wherever they might be hiding is still ongoing.”
“Our gallant troops deployed in various parts of the north east have continued to intensify search for all persons associated with Boko Haram terrorist group with a view to bring them to justice.”
“Consequently, the public are hereby enjoined to go about their normal lawful business, remain vigilant and security conscious.”
“They should also report any suspicious person or group of persons to security agencies.
Thank you for your kind cooperation.”
Recall that in the video footage, Boko Haram’s leader, Shekau debunked the claims by both the Nigerian government and the army, saying his group is very much safe and uncrushed. He also accused the government of President Muhammadu Buhari of lying to the people.