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APC Carpets Ekweremadu Over Comments On Boko Haram  

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has declared that what the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu interpreted as the worsening cases of Boko Haram attacks under the current Administration are actually the desperate pangs of a dying monster.

In a statement issued in Lagos Friday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, APC said if the distinguished Senator had leveraged his high office to get the necessary information from those involved in the Boko Haram fight, especially the Nigerian military, he would not have made the kind of partisan and incautious comments attributed to him, which it noted he has not denied.

APC stated that the truth of the matter was that Boko Haram, having been uprooted from its hideouts and put on the run, has become very desperate, hence now using its last arsenal to inflict as much damage as it could before it was annihilated, very soon.

”Lone wolf suicide bombings and the choice of soft targets by retreating gunmen are now the order of the day, as against the terrorists’ previous coordinated actions of seizing and holding territories,” APC said.

The party restated that contrary to what Senator Ekweremadu said, the terrorists have been weakened by the more methodical and focused approach of the present Administration to the anti-terror fight, which it included the tightening of security at border locations that has made it difficult for the terrorists to manoeuvre. This approach APC disclosed was a far cry from the previous haphazard activities.

The ruling argued that the necessary structures for the effective coordination of the battle against the terrorists have been put in place both within and outside the country, courtesy of the regional rallying efforts of the Buhari Administration.

”Now, due to the government’s broad consultations, vital international input, support have become more real and were adding value to the counter-terrorism campaign. With the Nigeria-led Multi-National Joint Task Force due to be deployed by month’s end, it is a matter of time for Boko Haram to be defeated. This monster cannot and will not survive

”Against this background of a more purposeful and coordinated approach to the Boko Haram battle, Nigerians are assured that the senseless killings and maiming that have characterized one of the most brutal terrorist campaigns ever will soon be over. Nigerians, not least those who should know better, should therefore refrain from making comments that can only serve to create panic rather than alleviate the situation,” APC cautioned.



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