The Nigerian military says Boko Haram insurgents are now “weakened enemies” who are hiding from one bush to another enclave with no capacity to fight.
John Enenche, military spokesman said this on Friday while speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today, noting that the current crop of Boko Haram insurgents no longer have “sovereignty or authority” on any territory in the country.
According to Eneche as of 2015, Boko Haram had between 17 and 20 local government areas under its control, but those territories were recaptured under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said, “Yes, the commander-in-chief is very right by saying that we have a weaker BOKO Haram. Why is it so? In the sense that as at 2015, before they came on board, we had a very terrible situation in the northeast.
“Between 17 and 20 local government areas were under the full authority of the insurgents, that is the Boko Haram group and what does that translate to. It translated to a fact that they (referring to Boko Haram) constituted authority, local administration and judiciary.
“They were even collecting levies, which we can term taxes, the people were subject to them, they sack traditional rulers and most of them were into exile. By 2016, the whole place were recaptured.”
Eneche added, “Boko Haram insurgents are moving from bush to enclave, from enclave to bush. They do not have any sovereignty or authority in any territory in the northeast, by extension Nigeria, so we now have a weakened Boko Haram.
“Of, course if they are strong force to be contended with, why don’t they come out? They cannot come out.”
The presidency had also said, in commemoration of the armed forces remembrance day, that Boko Haram insurgents are weaker compared to 2015.