President Muhammadu Buhari declared just before Christmas in an interview with the BBC that Nigeria has “technically won the war” against Islamist Boko Haram militants.
The militants begged to differ and followed up this declaration a couple of days later with attacks in Borno and Adamawa States.
Buhari’s credibility has been further damaged by claims from Philemon Emmanuel, the chairman of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in Kuchingoro, a suburb of Abuja.
Emmanuel claimed when the camp was visited yesterday by Senator Dino Melaye that: “NEMA [National Emergency Agency] and the NHRC [National Human Rights Commission] have continually told us we will go back to our villages that Boko Haram has been pushed out of our villages, which is not true.
“No military went to our villages. There is no military in Gwoza as our villages are controlled by Boko Haram. We are begging you to take our complaints to the National Assembly. You can help us to talk to the Chief of Army Staff so that he can send soldiers to our villages to flush out the insurgents. If we are able to confirm that Boko Haram has been flushed out from our villages, even, tomorrow, we are ready to go back.”