The Nigerian army has urged the general public to disregard the recent videos released by the Boko Haram terrorist group in which it threatened to carry out more attacks even in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja.
This was contained in a statement issued on Saturday and signed by the army spokesman, Sani Usman.
“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,” the statement read.
According to Usman, “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.”
Aljazeera reported that in one of the videos, a girl, who claimed her name is Maida Yakubu, was seen wearing flowing veil, carrying a gun and flanked by two other girls in similar veils.
She claimed to be one of the Chibok girls and when asked why she does not want to go back to her family she replied: “The reason is that they live in the town of unbelief. We want them to accept Islam.”
Journalist, Ahmad Salkida, who has access to the insurgents identified the fighter that appeared in the recent video as Shuaibu Moni, one of those released by the federal government in a swap deal for the 82 Chibok girls released exactly one week ago.
But the army spokesman, Usman, a brigadier general, said “the terrorist has lost touch with current realities”, adding that the video “was aimed at seeking relevance and attention.”
“As you are all aware, he (Moni) 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,” the statement read.
“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.”
Usman assured that “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,” he continued.
“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.”