The Nigerian military has described the recent video clip released by the Boko Haram sect as diversionary and a desperate attempt by the dying terror group to remain relevant.
In a statement on Thursday by the Acting Director, Defence Information, Brigadier-General Rabe Abubakar, the Army said that the video clip was “a complete show of weakness and sign that the end is near for the insurgents, hence it does not in any way pose a threat” to the armed forces.
The statement reads: “The military is equally not deterred by the Photoshop assemblage of worshippers at the supposed Eid-El Kabir prayer which is a replica of the video clip released by the sect in 2014. This has cast aspersion to the credibility of the clip and therefore should be disregarded.
“The Nigerian military is highly committed to making lives unbearable to the enemies of this nation wherever they are and would do all that is required within its rules of engagement to ensure that no part of Nigerian territory is conducive and habitable for insurgents and any other criminals to stay and operate.
“The military believes so much in making statement through its action as evidenced in its past achievements rather than making noise in propaganda gimmick as exhibited by the Boko Haram elements in its recent video clip.
“Empty vessel, they say, makes most sound. All threat to leadership of our nation, military and citizens, should be discountenanced in its entirety as military is capable of further decimating the insurgents and providing security for all.”
The military said that its reaction became necessary in order to douse the apprehension of the Nigerian citizens concerning the outburst in the video clip, otherwise it “would have allowed the ranting of the Boko Haram in its latest video clip to go without formal reaction”.
It then warned the terrorist group: “While our operation will continue as planned with many terrorists already surrendering and many captives rescued, we advise all the remaining surviving Boko Haram terrorists to surrender now for their own good.
“The military wishes to reiterate its commitment, determination and resilience in stamping out Boko Haram and other related criminals across the country.”
The military urged Nigerians not to bother about the antics of the degraded sect, adding that “meeting their waterloo is surely imminent”.
“With the support and prayers from the good citizens of our great country the Armed Forces make bold to say that never again would insurgence be allowed to reign supreme in our fatherland.
“We want to use this opportunity to once again remind all citizens to report any suspected person(s) or object to the nearest security agency for prompt action.”