Despite new attacks, Nigerian govt. claims “no resurgence of Boko Haram”

FILE PHOTO: Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed (L) and Permanent Secretary, Mrs Ayo Adesugba, at a News Conference in Abuja
FILE PHOTO: Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed (L) and Permanent Secretary, Mrs Ayo Adesugba, at a News Conference in Abuja

The Nigerian government on Tuesday said the recent spate of attacks by Boko Haram does not indicate a resurgence of the group, insisting that the insurgents are largely “decimated, dispersed and disoriented”.

Addressing a press conference in Abuja, the minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said anyone conversant with the “ebb and flow of insurgency” would not be surprised by the attacks.

“During the immediate period after an insurgency has been degraded, the fact that terrorists are dispersed into the community is often followed by an upsurge of terror attacks in the form of suicide bombing and sabotage of critical facilities.

“Activities during these periods are often carried out within population and against soft targets or vulnerable groups.

“There is often apprehension in the community that terrorism is getting worse, even though, in reality, insurgency has been weakened as a cohesive terror force. This is the current phase of insurgency in the country,” he said.

While strongly condemning the attacks and commiserating with the families of those killed, Mr. Mohammed appealed for caution the public to mind their utterances over the attacks.

“Many commentators have latched on to these attacks to infer a resurgence of Boko Haram, while some have even made outrageous statements regarding the territories controlled by Boko Haram.

“Fortunately, no less a personality than the president had strongly backed by the governors of Borno and Yobe, to debunk such unsubstantiated claims.

”Gentlemen, there is no resurgence of Boko Haram. The terrorists remain massively degraded and largely defeated. The recent string of attacks is not an indication that Boko Haram is bouncing back,” he said.

The minister also insisted that Nigerians owe the military total support in its ongoing battle to consolidate the achievements it has recorded in the fight against Boko Haram.

”We want to appeal to all not to say or do anything that will demoralize our gallant men and women in uniform, who are daily fighting – and sometimes paying the supreme price – so that we can all be safe.

“Having travelled to the theatre of operations myself, I have seen the huge sacrifices of our military.

“They deserve nothing but our undiluted support. This is the best form of appreciation we can show them at this time.

“Anything else is counter-productive. Commendation, not condemnation. Support, not second guessing. That’s what we owe the gallant troops,” he said.

On what the government is doing to end the spate of attacks, especially on vulnerable communities, Mr. Mohammed said appropriate measures, in line with global best practices, were being taken to ensure effective response.

”These include the strengthening of intelligence and security, especially in the affected communities, and the stepping up of the reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement efforts.

”While these efforts are going on, the government enjoins members of the public to be vigilant; security conscious, and to cooperate with security agencies by providing information on suspicious and strange objects, activities and persons in their communities.

“By doing these, we will be denying terrorists a safe haven and the opportunity to carry out their atrocities,” he said.

The minister therefore reiterated the efforts made by the administration in the past nine months to effectively tackle Boko Haram.

“The administration has succeeded in galvanizing our neighbouring countries and the global community, including major powers, towards the defeat of insurgency and the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the communities and population most affected by terrorism.

”Boko Haram has been dislodged from their occupied territories; thousands of their captives have been set free; their capacity to operate as a troop moving in convoy of vehicles and motor cycles to launch attacks on communities and military formations has been neutralized.

“In essence, the insurgents have been effectively denied territory or sanctuary and are now in disarray.

“Scattered, demoralized and hungry, they have resorted to terror tactics available to a degraded and defeated insurgent group.

“The fact that they operate in a few local governments does not equate to holding and controlling territories. We must make that distinction,” he added.


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  • sholoko

    Premium Times Editor,

    Lai Muhammed could sooner or later provoke Boko Haram to shoot down a commercial plane,

    full of passengers, based on his wholly ignorant attempt to analyze what he does not understand.

    As you can see, I have with much great pains restrained myself from leaping at any expletive, like; ‘silly’.

    • Change indicator

      If Lai Mohammed does not have information on good authority I am sure he would not have assemble a world press conference.

      • abayomi

        Tell them

      • Idy

        My point exactly!! He talks based on true information gotten!!

      • woman leader

        Yes of cause, lai Muhammad always pass information that will favour the masses, he his the right man for the job.

    • abayomi

      Ode like you talking thrash!! Even a 10year old can figure out propaganda ure about!! Speak great of ur country

    • NaijaMindOfChange

      Becos u have a hearing or reading problem not to understand wot HMIC has said

      • abayomi

        Did he even read d article

        • NaijaMindOfChange

          The guy brain dey under repair

          • woman leader

            He needs help

      • Idy

        They never calm down, they’re quick to judge

    • woman leader

      Lai Muhammad is best minister for information, please try to understand the information is trying to pass.

      • front man

        Yes oooo the best info master

      • Wise Head

        The best according to APC standards. And what stand him out are his shameless lies

        • woman leader

          You only have eyes but can’t see.

        • chukwu michael

          Agreed bros. Lies stood him out as a good infor. Minister.

      • okenwa

        Liar mohammed dey shine now. See how handsome and smart he looks now. Bros money goodooooo. He has completely recovers from qwashiko.

        • woman leader

          Silly you, does he look like those thieves who stole our money, lai Muhammad work for his money on he definitely must shine.

    • Idy

      Very irrationally said


      You are blatantly irresponsible in your comment. Which government will keep quiet in the face of these crude attacks by the deranged idiots called Boko Haram? If the government’s spokesman does not understand what is the most topical issue in the country today, who else should understand? What else is there to provoke in BH when the scallywags are daily targeting innocent people? Please keep your mouth shut if you have nothing reasonable to say

      • front man

        Don’t mind him

    • front man

      Your name shoko craze they your head with your useless comment

  • SB

    The problem with Nigerians is that we live in self denial. Insurgency anywhere in the world is not wiped out in one day it is a gradual process.

    • abayomi

      And yet they talk like they know it all

      • Idy

        Half they don’t know

    • Idy

      That’s exactly my point!! He said BH has been cleared out and this ones are chanting rubbish

  • front man

    The problems with all this pdpigs and there paid masters frustration because Jonathan loosing the general is still affecting them
    That’s why they keep attacking this present administration
    They shall all fail

  • favourtalk

    PMB and the gallant soldiers in this nation are doing a wonderful job in making sure that the sect are no more and are well defeated by the capable hands of the Nigeria joint task force. We are going and getting there, a new ad best government is at place

  • MushinSpeaks

    Activities of the insurgents clearly speaks to the fact that they are being defeated. This is a feat to the govt of Buhari and the APC.

  • Wise Head

    Lie on Mr. Lai! Keep lying as hapless Nigerians are slaughtered daily

  • chukwu michael

    continue telling the lies till they finish the whole North.