The Defence Headquarters has issued a statement saying the latest Boko Haram video clip is diversionary and a desperate attempt by the dying sect to remain relevant.
The statement issued and made available to the media by the Acting Director Defence Information, Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar in Abuja on Thursday.
Abubakar said that as much as the Nigerian Armed Forces would have allowed the ranting of the Boko Haram in its latest video clip to go without formal reaction, it became necessary for the DHQ to make some comments to douse the apprehension of the Nigerian citizens concerning the outburst in the video clip.
“The video clip is a complete show of weakness and sign that the end is near for the insurgents, hence it does not in any way poses threat to us.
“The military is equally not deterred by the photoshop assemblage of worshippers at the supposed Eid-El Kabir prayer which is a replica of the video clip released by the sect in 2014.” He said.
He said with the aspersion cast to the credibility of the clip and therefore should be disregarded.
According to him, the Nigerian military is highly committed to making lives unbearable to the enemies of the nation wherever they are and that Military would do all that is required within its rules of engagement to ensure that no part of Nigerian territory is conducive and habitable for insurgents and any other criminals to stay and operate again.
“All threat to leadership of our nation, military and citizens, should be discountenanced in its entirety as military is capable of further decimating the insurgents and providing security for all.
“While our operation will continue as planned with many terrorists already surrendering and may captives rescued, we advise all the remaining surviving Boko Haram terrorists to surrender now for their own good.” Abubakar said.
He reiterated the military’s commitment, determination and resilience in stamping out Boko Haram and other related criminals across the country.
Abubakar urged the support and prayers from law abiding citizens across the country and that never again would the Armed Forces allow insurgence to reign supreme in our fatherland.
He also called on all citizens to report any suspected person(s) or object to the nearest security agency for prompt action.