The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has stated that despite the recent abduction of Dapchi schoolgirls, Boko Haram terrorists remains “terribly degraded” but not completely defeated.
Speaking on a Channels TV programme last night, he recalled that the terrorists were “running riots” in all parts of the country before the current administration came on board.
He said, “If the operating word is ‘totally’, the answer is no obviously – but has Boko Haram been degraded? I will say yes, terribly so,” said Adesina. “You can compare then and now, they have been terribly, terribly degraded but is the war over? No, it is not completely over.”
“Compare how Boko Haram was in 2015 when this administration came, they were virtually running riot everywhere – how many time was Kano bombed, how many time was Abuja bombed, how many time was Kogi bombed; Boko Haram was everywhere.”
The President’s spokesman regretted last Monday’s abduction of 110 students of the Government Girls Science Technical College, GGSTC, Dapchi, in Yobe State, by suspected Boko Haram terrorists, admitting that the incident shouldn’t have happened.
“Truly, it should never have happened. After what the country experienced in the Chibok girls’ saga, this one that just happened in Dapchi should never have happened,” he said.
Adesina however stated that even though the Dapchi attack should not have happened, the insurgents attacked struck in Yobe because they have “lost out” in Sambisa forest — in Borno state — their stronghold.
“I just want to appeal to the parents of those girls to please bear with the government and trust that the government will do all that is possible and necessary to bring those students back.
“The insurgency was endemic in three states — Borno, Adamawa and Yobe. But Adamawa and Yobe has been quite under control because the insurgents were driven out completely.
“So it is not unlikely that when they lost out in Sambisa forest, they then found their way back to Yobe which was why what happened, happened. But I’m sure the military is responding adequately to this,” he said.