The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said on Wednesday, that the administration’s unwillingness to risk the lives of the kidnapped Chibok girls is responsible for the restraint in taking the final salvo to the Boko Haram insurgents in Sambisa forest.
Speaking at a session with media men in Lagos, the minister insisted that the insurgents were now contained to attacking soft targets such as markets, motor parks, mosques, churches and entertainment centres, killing innocent men, women and children.
“Not unexpectedly, the dying and desperate insurgents have carried out some attacks on soft targets in the North-East during this festive season.
“This is cowardly, dastardly and condemnable. We commiserate with the state governments and the families of those who died or were injured in the attacks which, as I said earlier, are like the death pangs of a dying horse.
“These attacks are part of the propaganda that has been launched by Boko Haram and their fellow terrorists, ISIS, to seek to remain relevant in the face of massive routing by our gallant troops, and to also discredit our committed and patriotic troops. But the attacks do not shake our resolve a bit, in our determined quest to rid our nation of terrorists and ensure the security of our citizens
“The fact that Boko Haram has continued to carry out attacks on soft targets is not an indication that they still have capacity. As I have said many times, the attacks will not end with the expiration of the deadline, since insurgencies are not conventional warfares in which the guns could be silenced with an armistice. But I also said that the attacks will taper off with time, with better awareness among the citizenry and enhanced intelligence gathering by the security agencies,” Mohammed said.