That Boko Haram is going after soft targets is a sign of weakness and desperation on their part, especially after they have suffered huge setbacks in the hands of the military in recent times.
Nigeria’s minister of information, Lai Mohammed, has insisted that the terror group, Boko Haram, are now resorting to attacks on “soft targets” because they have suffered defeat in the hands of the government’s security forces.
Mr Mohammed spoke at a meeting with the Newspaper Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria, Thursday, in Lagos.
“The truth, which will rankle some people, is that Boko Haram is today badly degraded and can only carry out cowardly attacks like the one against defenceless farmers over the weekend,” said Mr Mohammed.
“No nation, no matter how powerful, is immune to attacks on soft targets. 9-11 happened despite the prowess of the most powerful army in the world. Boko Haram’s only oxygen today is publicity. That’s why they have rushed to release a video claiming responsibility for the killing of the farmers.
“Please note that that video was shared to instil fear in the civil populace and maintain relevance in the eyes of their sponsors. There is no truth to the reason for their action.
“We, therefore, appeal to the general public to provide information about the insurgents to security forces to assist them in ending the war on terror.”
Mr Mohammed said the killing of defenceless farmers is an act of cowardice and savagery by a group of deranged terrorists.
“Unfortunate and saddening as it is, the killing is not a true reflection of the progress being made by the military against Boko Haram. That Boko Haram is going after soft targets is a sign of weakness and desperation on their part, especially after they have suffered huge setbacks in the hands of the military in recent times.
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