For the umpteenth time, the Federal Government has insisted that Nigerian troops have succeeded in decimating Boko Haram.

This, the Federal Government said, was without prejudice to the fact that the group carried out occasional attacks on soft targets in the North-East.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said this at a media briefing in Abuja, on Tuesday.

He also described news on social media that the welfare of troops in the frontline was so poor that soldiers were begging for food as “fake news.”

Mohammed urged Nigerians to appreciate and understand the nature of the Boko Haram insurgency, which grew from a local terrorist group into an international group attracting funding and support.

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He noted that the group now received funding and support from foreign terrorist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Al-Qaeda and similar other groups across the globe.

The minister said, “When the government says it has decapitated Boko Haram, what government means is that a time was, when even this capital city  – Abuja – was not immune from attacks by Boko Haram.

“You are all living witnesses to the attack on the United Nations Headquarters, the Nigeria Police headquarters, the ThisDay Newspapers, Nyanya Park twice; but since 2015, all that has become history.”

He further explained that when the Muhammadu Buhari–led administration took over in 2015, 20 out of the 27 local government areas in Borno State alone were under the effective control of Boko Haram, including four local government areas in Adamawa State.

He further said, “Today, we can say confidently that not an inch of our territory is under the control of Boko Haram. They have been repelled even from their spiritual headquarters.”

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