A new video clip shared by Reuters, which shows a Boko Haram commander promising more attacks in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja has sent shock waves around the country.
The Nigerian Army has reacted to the video and its content, confirming that the Boko Haram commander seen in the video boasting about his powers and that of the Islamist terrorist group was indeed one of the dangerous terrorists swapped by the Muhammadu Buhari government for 82 Chibok school girls.
“The attention of Nigerian Army has been drawn to two video clips released by one of the released Boko Haram terrorists in exchange for the abducted Chibok school girls,” an e-mailed statement to The Trent signed by Sani Usman, the spokesperson of the Nigerian Army, said on Saturday, May 13, 2017.
“In the first clip the terrorist, among other things, made boastful and spurious allegations, while the second clip was about alleged indoctrination of some of the abducted Chibok school girls in captivity,” the brigadier general said.
“We wish to state that the terrorist has lost touch with current realities.
“It was aimed at seeking relevance and attention.
“As you are all aware, he was a direct beneficiary of the process that led to the release of 82 of the abducted girls, and does not have a say or capacity to do anything, therefore his threats should be ignored.
“We would like to assure the public that the Nigerian Army is totally committed to the Federal Government’s determined efforts of rescuing all abducted persons and peace in the country.
“We will not relent our determined efforts of clearing the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists as manifested through the ongoing clearance operations.
“The Nigerian Air Force is unrelenting in its bombardment while other Security Agencies are equally doing their best.
“Therefore, we wish to solicit for more support, cooperation and understanding of the public, particularly members of the Press.
“We should not give in to terrorists propaganda and empty threats. We have come to a very critical stage of the fight against terrorism and insurgency in Nigeria that require more patriotism and security consciousness by all and sundry.
“Gone were the days when people glamorize terrorists and their criminal acts,” the statement ended.