Army says Boko Haram era is over, but remains silent on Chibok girls
With confidence, openly displayed before the inquisitive reporters, the Acting Director, Army Public Relations , Col. Sanni Usman, in Lagos said the military had technically decimated the insurgency in the north east part of Nigeria , propagated by some Islamic militants, the Boko Haram.
This, according to the Army spokesman, could be ascertained by the ease with which the Nigerian soldiers have been frequenting the vast land, Sambisa forest, which was the main fortress of the insurgents.
“As I speak to you today, there are no longer camps of Boko Haram terrorists in the North-Eastern part of the country.
“Yes, there might pockets of terrorist activities by some elements, but that is not to be ruled out, given the situation that Nigeria found itself while the crisis lasted,” he said.
Usman, who addressed the press at the inauguration of Strategic Communication Course for senior officers at the Nigerian Army School, was however silent on the fate of some girls abducted from their school at Chibok.
But the Coordinator of Bring Back Our Girls campaign, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili has maintained that until government comes out with its words on the fate of the remaining girls, her group would not rest in mounting pressure on government to find the girl as promised by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Reports say parents of more than 60% of the girls still to be released by the terrorists are being daily subjected to psychological torture by the conflicting statements from official quarters.
Some of the parents are said to have become struck by strange illness, not unconnected with the continuous missing of their daughters.