Recent events are going someway to debunk President Muhammadu Buhari’s assertion that insurgent sect, Boko Haram have been ‘technically’ defeated.
Speaking to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in December, Buhari had revealed how the military have restricted the terrorists to fighting with Improvised Explosives Devices (IEDs) and mostly limited their force to the center of Borno state.
His words, “Articulated conventional attacks on centres of communication and populations, they are no longer capable of doing that effectively. Adding, “So, I think, technically we have won the war because people are going back into their neighbourhoods. Boko Haram as an organized fighting force, I assure you, that we have dealt with them.”
However, the extremists, though do not hold any territory currently, are still striking the heart of the country’s northeast in attacks since the President’s declaration of “technical” victory.
JANUARY 30: INSURGENTS TORCH VILLAGE, KILL SCORES
At least 65 people were killed and 136 others injured when Boko Haram gunmen riding motorcycles attacked Dalori, a village in Borno, in a four-hour long raid on Saturday, January 30, 2016.
Residents fled into the bush and could only look on as the militants, armed with machine guns, opened fire on the village before torching their homes.
Borno State Health Commissioner, Haruna Mshelia confirmed the incident. He revealed the casualty figures as 85 people killed, 16 others missing, and 59 others injured.
DECEMBER 28: VIOLENT SECT STRIKE, 15 KILLED
The extremists struck for the first time in months when multiple suicide bombers attacked Maiduguri on Sunday, December 28, 2015, with rocket-propelled grenades, according to witnesses.
The attacks, in which at least 15 people were reportedly killed, came less than a week after the president’s declaration that the military had “technically” defeated the insurgents.
DECEMBER 28: TWIN SUICIDE BLAST KILLS 30
Another twin suicide blast killed at least 30 people in Madagali, a town southeast of Maiduguri, same day. Witnesses said two women blew themselves up at a market near a busy bus station, killing more than 20 others.
- MICHEAL NWOKIKE