All local government councils in North-eastern Nigeria have been liberated from the stronghold of the Boko Haram sect, the Nigerian Army has said.
The Army said this in a press statement signed by the Deputy Director, Public Relations of Operation Lafiya Dole, Onyema Nwachukwu, in response to a claim by top northern politician, Buba Galadima.
In an interview published in the Guardian newspaper of September 21, Mr. Galadima had said that there are 27 local governments in Borno State but not all are functioning because of the activities of Boko Haram.
”At least seven of them (local councils) are still under the control of Boko Haram”, he said.
Reacting, however, the army refuted the statement saying it was an attempt to propagate falsehood and misinform the public on the true security situation in the North-east.
Listing its major operations in the region, the army noted that the perspective of Mr Galadima is that ”of one who is evidently detached from the realities of the counter-terrorism cum counter-insurgency operations in the North-east.”
Giving updates, the army said that Operation Lafiya Dole has resolved to carry out precursor operations that will lead to finally putting an end to the insurgency in the North-east.
It noted Boko Haram has been incapacitated by the army and remaining members of the sect are on their heels making it impossible for them to lay hold on any council.