Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has stated that the terrorist group, Boko Haram is no longer occupying any part of the country, hence citizens in the north-east are no longer paying tax to Boko Haram.
The Minister stated this on Thursday, December 3 during an interaction with the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigerian, NPAN in Lagos State.
The Minister made this remark while recounting victories recorded by the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration against the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents.
Mohammed said the issue of suicide bombing, attacks on religious gatherings and homes, especially in the Northern parts of the country has become a thing of the past.
“Now, let’s put things in context. Before Mr. President assumed office, Boko Haram could stroll into any city, especially in the north, to carry out deadly attacks. Abuja, the nation’s capital, Kano, Maiduguri, Jos, Damaturu, etc were regularly targeted,” Mohammed noted.
He added, “Motor parks, churches, mosques, shopping complexes were not spared. Today, that is a thing of the past. Suicide bombers used to have a field day detonating their bombs and killing innocent people.
“Today, that is no longer the case. Detonating improvised explosive devices (IEDs) used to be a deadly tactic of Boko Haram. Today, that has changed.”
The Minister again said the victories were not mere happenstance but part of the effort made by the Nigerian Military under the Buhari led government.
He said, “Boko Haram used to occupy territory, deposing and installing Emirs and collecting taxes. That’s no longer the case. These changes are not mere happenstance. They are part of the successes recorded by the military, under this president.”