Boko Haram Retaking Nigerian Territories – Atiku
Atiku Abubakar, a presidential aspirant, on Monday in Jigawa State explained that the extremist group, Boko Haram, was taking back Nigerian territories hitherto recovered by the Nigerian army.
He spoke after a closed-door meeting with Sule Lamido, a fellow Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant, at the latter’s home in Bamaina, Birnin Kudu Local Government Area of Jigawa state.
“In terms of security whether south or north, there is nowhere that is secured. In the north we have the kidnapping, fight between herdsmen/farmers and all kind of things.
“If you look at also the security, even the Boko Haram that they said they are going to defeat, they haven’t defeated Boko Haram, Boko Haram has started retaking territories. So this is the worst administration since the return of democracy from 1999 in the country,” Mr Abubakar said.
Atiku, the presidential aspirant, did not elaborate on the new territories allegedly retaken by the Boko Haram.
Although the federal government has repeatedly said the Boko Haram no longer controls any Nigerian territory, the group has been able to carry out major attacks on military bases and civilian communities despite heavy security presence.
One of those attacks occurred on Saturday when Boko Haram members attacked a military base and neighbouring communities in Guzamala Local Government Area. Hundreds of residents of the affected communities have since relocated to other areas including the Borno State capital, Maiduguri; although the military said it has retaken the attacked towns/villages.
The reports revealed that Boko Haram insurgency has caused about 100,000 deaths since 2009, according to the Borno State Government. The insurgents have, since President Muhammadu Buhari administration assumed office in 2015, been largely restricted to Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states in North-eastern Nigeria. Before then, they freely carried out attacks in Abuja, Kaduna, Niger and other Northern Nigerian states.
Atiku is from Adamawa State where he owns a private university, a radio station and several other investments.