The All Progressives Congress (APC) has responded to a statement attributed to Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu that Boko Haram attacks have increased since President Muhammadu Buhari was inaugurated on May 29.
The party said Boko Haram, having been uprooted from its hideouts is now on the run and has become very desperate, hence its use of its last arsenal to inflict as much damage as it can before it is annihilated 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.
National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a statement issued in Lagos, Friday, 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 – and which he has not denied.
Mohammed noted that the terrorists have been weakened by the more methodical and focused approach of the present Administration to the anti-terror fight.
“It said the necessary structures for the effective coordination of the battle against the terrorists have been put in place both within and outside the country, thanks to the regional rallying efforts of the Buhari Administration.
“Now, due to the government’s broad consultations, vital international input and support have become more real and are 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 said.