The All Progressive Congress has responded to Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu after he allegedly stated that the Boko Haram Insurgents have gotten stronger since the APC assumed power.
A statement issued by the National publicity secretary of the party, Lai Mohammed, while slamming the senator for not making proper findings, says ‘Boko Haram’s latest antiques are the desperate pangs of a dying monster trying to wreck havoc before their end’.
He also said contrary to the Deputy Senate President’s claims, the terrorists have been weakened by this administration’s more purposeful and coordinated approach to the menace..
What the Deputy Senate President interpreted as the worsening cases of Boko Haram attacks under the current administration are actually the desperate pangs of a dying monster,” If Ekweremadu had “leveraged his high office to get the necessary information from those involved in the Boko Haram fight, especially the Nigerian military, he would not have made the kind of partisan and incautious comments attributed to him – and which he has not denied.”
Lone wolf suicide bombings and the choice of soft targets by retreating gunmen are now the order of the day, as against the terrorists’ previous coordinated actions of seizing and holding territories,”Now, due to the government’s broad consultations, vital international input and support have become more real and are adding value to the counter-terrorism campaign. With the Nigeria-led Multi-National Joint Task Force due to be deployed by month’s end, it is a matter of time for Boko Haram to be defeated. This monster cannot and will not survive.
Against this background of a more purposeful and coordinated approach to the Boko Haram battle, Nigerians are assured that the senseless killings and maiming that have characterised one of the most brutal terrorist campaigns ever will soon be over. Nigerians should therefore refrain from making comments that can only serve to create panic rather than alleviate the situation,”
Meanwhile, the Deputy Senate President denied saying Boko Haram has gotten stronger under Buhari’s administration.
In a statement released by his special adviser,
“Whereas Senator Ekweremadu expressed concerns over the resurgence of Boko Haram attacks in parts of the country, at no time did he try to blame it on the present administration. It is instead on record that he not only commended the efforts of the present administration, especially in building international support and synergy to tackle the monstrous group, but he also called for greater inter-party, intergovernmental, and international collaboration to address the problem.”