By AUSTIN OWOICHO, Abuja
The Defence Headquarters has reacted to the latest video credited to Boko Haram in which the terror group threatened to abduct the President of Nigeria and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Muhammadu Buhari, describing it as mere ranting.
A statement signed by the Acting Director Defence Information, Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar described video of the group praying during Sallah as the work of a professional photohop.
“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 becomes necessary to make some comments to douse the apprehension of the Nigerian citizens concerning the outburst in the video clip.
“It is important to state here that the video clip is diversionary and a desperate attempt by the dying Boko Haram sect to remain relevant.
“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,” it said.
It added that this has cast aspersion to the credibility of the clip and therefore should be disregarded.
The statement explained that Nigerian military is highly committed to making lives unbearable to the enemies of this nation wherever they are and 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.
“The military believes so much in making statement through its action as evidenced in its past achievements rather than making noise in propaganda gimmick as exhibited by the Boko Haram elements in its recent video clip.
“Empty vessel, they say, makes most sound. 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,” it stressed.
The military reiterated its commitment, determination and resilience in stamping out Boko Haram and other related criminals across the country.
“We urge Nigerians not to bother about the antics of the degraded sect. Meeting their waterloo is surely imminent.
“With the support and prayers from the good citizens of our great country the Armed Forces make bold to say that never again would insurgence be allowed to reign supreme in our fatherland.
“We want to use this opportunity to once again remind all citizens to report any suspected person(s) or object to the nearest security agency for prompt action,” it concluded.