December deadline: Lai Mohammed reveals location of chibok girls

By Post Nigeria December 29, 2015 18:21

December deadline: Lai Mohammed reveals location of chibok girls

The reprisal attacks by insurgents seems to have humbled President Muhammadu Buhari’s led government as the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has beckoned on the media to stop glamorizing Boko Haram’s activities, stressing that the war on terrorism cannot be won in one day. This is coming after the Minister declared that Nigeria had already defeated Boko Haram.

Mohammed blamed the media for the latest suicide attacks and subtly withdrew his earlier statement where he declared that the war against insurgency had been won. He further warned the general public to be security conscious as the insurgents are planning to attack soft targets like; markets, motor parks, entertainment centres and places of worship.

The minister stated this during an interview on Channels TV on Tuesday, December 29, 2015, insisting that despite the attacks recorded in the last few days, the Insurgents have been sufficiently decimated and can no longer take away any territory from Nigerians.

“We know that insurgent attacks will not end in one day, the attack of such target will continue, but it will also keep-off. We also want to appeal to the media to stop giving oxygen to the Boko Haram insurgency; when we glamourise the attacks, we put them on stage one which gives them more life.

“In this kind of insurgency, the media has a role to play which is, not to glamourise the attacks. And if you look at the context, about a year ago, the Boko Haram had complete control of 20 out of 37 local governments in Borno, six in Yobe and four in Adamawa State.

“If today, the Boko Haram is operating from one or two local governments in the entire country, I think you must give it to the military that they have largely defeated the Boko Haram.”

Talking about what the government is doing to secure the soft targets, the Minister said that soft targets are the most difficult to defend in the whole world.

Even the most advanced technology cannot secure all soft targets. All you need do is that people must own the war, report suspicious movements and complement the efforts of the military.

Recall that members of the insurgency gang during the weekend had carried out devastating attack in Borno, and Adamawa state. Leaving no fewer than 45 people dead in the two separate attacks.

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On the location of the chobok girls, Mohammed stated that the government is currently tracking their location and called on the public to provide valuable information to help the military facilitate their release.

“We are a bit constrained. I know that some countries have set certain fire around the Sambisa forest in order to smoke out the Boko Haram insurgents but we are being careful because we are still looking for the Chibok girls and we do not want unnecessary collateral casualties.

“I know that many of our neighbours like Mali and Niger have employed certain procedures because of our major objective that we are still looking for the Chibok girls, so in some parts of Sambisa forest, we cannot adopt such drastic approaches.”

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The Minister also sent condolences to the families of victims of the blasts which claimed more than 45 lives in Borno and Adamawa States.