Incessant suicide bombings sign of weakness by Boko Haram ― Shettima

Borno state governor, Kashim Shettima, has described the recent spate of suicide bombings by Boko Haram terrorists as a sign of weakness ― rather than strength, exhibited by the insurgent group.

Governor Shettima told reporters at the end of a security meeting with Acting President Osinbajo and service chiefs at Aso Rock that “to me personally, these suicide bombings are signs of weakness on the part of Boko Haram rather than strength.’’

He said that the security agencies in collaboration with the state government had put in place measures to address the menace of Boko Haram in the state and beyond.

“Two years ago, they were holding unto 22 out of 27 local government areas; but now they have been sufficiently decimated.

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“I’m not under rating their capacity; these are lunatics who bask on the opportunity of publicity to kill and maim so that they can get greater regard in the global Jihadist community.

“So, definitely we are also coming up with robust response to address this issue of suicide bombing.

“We have challenges no doubt about it, I am not actually discounting that fact, but when you put it in proper contest, you will see that a lot has been done.

“They have been sufficiently decimated that they can no longer hold on to any territory in the Nigerian federation.’’

The North-East security meeting, presided over by the acting President Yemi Osinbajo, was attended by some cabinet ministers, the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonishakin and the Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Tukur Buratai.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari and the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno also attended the meeting.

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