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Lai Mohammed Says Military Has ‘Largely’ Met Buhari’s December Deadline for Defeating Boko Haram



Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said on Wednesday that the Nigerian military had met the December deadline to defeat Boko Haram terrorists.

The minister said this during his maiden meeting with editorial heads of media houses in Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that President Buhari had, upon assuming office, issued a December 31 deadline to the military to defeat the Boko Haram terrorists.

“Today, I can report that the war against Boko Haram is largely won.I can confidently say this because just recently, I led a group of 33 journalists from both the local and international media to the hot bed of the insurgency, that is, Maiduguri, Kondugua, Kaoure and Bama.

“Today, I can report to you that the entire 70 plus kilometres stretch from Maiduguri to Bama and all the way to Banki which leads to Cameroun and the Central African Republic are in the hands of our gallant troops.”

He said the military presence could be felt every few metres along the road; at a point along that road we were just a kilometre to Sambisa forest.

“They have so degraded the capacity of Boko Haram that the terrorists can no longer hold on to any territory just as they can no longer carry out any spectacular attack.”

Mohammed, however, said that though there were still cases of suicide bombings, it was pertinent to note that such was the nature if insurgency globally.

“Unlike a war between two armies, an insurgency never ends with arms victory. Even in countries like Colombia where insurgency was supposed to have ended decades ago, attacks like this still happen.”

He said that the insurgents had adopted a new style of attacking soft targets like motor parks, schools, entertainment centres, religious centres, killing innocent people mostly women and children.

He, therefore, urged Nigerians to support the military in the fight against terrorism in the country, saying that the military had availed itself creditably.

“It is our turn as civilians to give them our support; to realise that the war they are fighting is not their war alone, but our war, hence we must own the war.”

The minister disclosed that a national security campaign had commenced to raise awareness among Nigerians about the war, the sacrifices of our troops, and how to stamp out the remnant of the war.

“Jingles are being played on national radio and television as part of the campaign in order to keep the media better informed about the war, so that they can also better inform Nigerians,’’ he said.

Mohammed also said that an ad-hoc committee, comprising media representatives as well as intelligence agencies, would be inaugurated to regularly be updated about the war in order to better inform the public.


  1. iyke

    December 24, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Someone pls explain in layman terms. I don’t understand political english oga Lair mohammed

    • Adeola

      December 24, 2015 at 5:55 pm

      all dis propaganda no go kil pesin.

  2. Ngozi M

    December 24, 2015 at 11:00 am

    I think more effort should go into fighting these Boko Haram members and further effort should go into working with IDPs, rehabilitating them and also sensitizing young persons in the North East who are likely to become endeared towards Boko Haram and the ideology of the sect. The Military should be more celebrated. Fighting Boko Haram isn’t an easy job and destroying their ideology is even more difficult. Terrorism isn’t something that dies with the snap of a finger. The government needs to understand that the issue of Boko Haram is very sensitive and running to the media ever so often to issue statements on how the Military are winning only causes more harm as it is likely to anger members of this sect and force them to commit even more atrocious acts against humanity.

    Mr Lai Mohammed needs to relax. Speak less and let your work speak for you. If you must give statements Sir, perhaps talk more about the conditions of persons affected by these attacks. Their plight needs more publicity. Speak more about the need for government to intervene in their plight; about the need for Nigerians to volunteer to help these persons. The victory against BH doesn’t end with a thousand and more dead terrorists, it ends with total rehabilitation of those who have suffered from their activities and sensitization of young minds who are vulnerable to being tainted with these inhumane ideologies.

    Merry Christmas Everyone! x

  3. Iyomba

    December 24, 2015 at 11:17 am

    I honestly think that this man is an idiot

  4. DD

    December 24, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Lai Mohammed… sigh. While I appreciate the gallant efforts of our troops who are fighting the insurgents on our behalf, what we need now is not jingles and press statements, we need them to focus on bringing an end to the insecurity that has led to massive internal displacement of our northern brothers and sisters, and putting in place adequate security throughout the region so that the IDPs can start rebuilding their lives. I totally agree with Ngozi that the government’s actions must speak louder than their words. The current plight of the IDPs is really terrible, and the government needs to do more to cater to their needs, physical, mental and emotional.

  5. madman

    December 24, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    APC, so bloody arrogant. Failure is thier only option.

    • charles

      December 24, 2015 at 4:17 pm

      you are indeed a madman!

  6. nnenne

    December 24, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    Fighting Boko Haran is not an easy task
    . Now we know GEJ was trying his best all the time he was in office.

  7. FasholasLover

    December 24, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    This baba Akpa just put some lives in danger. All for what? Boko Haram will now retaliate just to prove that they are still able.

    This propaganda is GAJU. Nigerians don’t even care anymore.. Now we all believe what has been in the public domain for years. Northerners doing themselves Becos of greed. This govt fritters away its goodwill by the day.

  8. goddess

    December 24, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    lie oh sorry lai…may your words not be like your name ..thanks

  9. fleur

    December 25, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    LaI Mohammed, is bh over or not? Yes or no. No comma. We were told they’don’t be gone by December. So keep your answer short-yes or no?

  10. fleur

    December 25, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Autocorrect, I meant “…….told they’d be gone…”

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