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While Buhari claims Boko Haram is finally crushed, insurgents attack Army Barracks

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LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The Boko Haram extremist group has finally been crushed — driven from its last forest enclave with fighters on the run and no place to hide, Nigeria’s president declared Saturday.

His victorious statement came as the Islamic State group, with which one faction of Boko Haram is allied, claimed a successful attack on an army barracks in northeast Nigeria’s Yobe state “killed and wounded many.” The communique on social media said the attack took place Thursday, the same day President Muhammadu Buhari said troops defeated Boko Haram in its Sambisa Forest stronghold in neighboring Borno state.


It was an indicator that despite Buhari’s announcement, Nigeria is unlikely to see an end soon to the deadly suicide bombings, village attacks and assaults on remote military outposts in northeastern Nigeria carried out by the country’s homegrown Islamic extremist group. Already, there are reports that the insurgents have been regrouping in Taraba and Bauchi states, south of their northeastern stronghold in Borno state, and taking advantage of a decades-old conflict in central Nigeria between mainly Muslim nomadic cattle herders and sedentary Christian farmers.


In a statement, Buhari commended Nigerian troops for “finally entering and crushing the remnants of the Boko Haram insurgents at Camp Zero,” which is located deep within the heart of Sambisa Forest.


He announced the “long-awaited and most gratifying news of the final crushing of Boko Haram terrorists in their last enclave” and declared “the terrorists are on the run, and no longer have a place to hide.”


The Sambisa Forest was where Boko Haram was believed to be holding some of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped in April 2014 from a school in the town of Chibok — a mass abduction that brought the Islamic extremists world attention and sparked an international social media campaign #BringBackOurGirls.


“Further efforts should be intensified to locate and free our remaining Chibok girls still in captivity. May God be with them,” Buhari said.


Nigerian troops have freed thousands of Boko Haram captives this year, but none of the Chibok girls among 276 seized from a government boarding school.


Dozens of girls escaped within hours of their abduction. In October, 21 Chibok girls were freed through negotiations between the government and Boko Haram, brokered by the Swiss government and the International Red Cross. In May, one Chibok girl escaped on her own. Some 197 remain missing.


The freed girls have indicated that several others have died in captivity from things like malaria and a snake bite.


Boko Haram’s seven-year Islamic uprising has killed more than 20,000 people, spread across Nigeria’s borders, driven some 2.3 million people from their homes and created a massive humanitarian crisis. The U.N. has warned that 5.1 million people are in danger of starving in northeast Nigeria, including in areas too dangerous to reach because of Boko Haram ambushes.


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  1. Not surprising since the Nigeria army left his primary duty to train on cattle rearing. Secondly Nigeria police boss in Enugu state made a similar statement when he assured residents of Ukpabi Nimbo that Fulani herdsmen were not going to attack them only for the former to be woken up from their sleep by axe, matchets and gun trotting herdsmen hungry for their flesh and thirsty of their blood. Perhaps telling lies is a major course taught in Nigeria military school.

  2. One aboki was celeberating the capturing of sambisa forest yesterday.ln as much as we are not happy with evil of terrorism anywhere in the country, we believe that in the say it is not over untill it is finally over.

  3. We are very happy
    Baba Buhari eskep our country from PDP plane we are think allmight God, up APC up BABA

  4. Pocket of resistance. Will soon give way for sustainable peace.

  5. we know that Baba and all the security agents are doing their best to make everywhere peacefull. Baba is a retired Army General, a brave and dynamic leader who really love his people of all categories that are living in a united Nigeria! . One nation, one destiny Up PMB!

  6. No one should be deceive. I dont believe in any one as a nigerian. We are tired of that deception.

  7. In addition to what my fried said baba and all security are doing their best to make every where peacefull.this indicate that BH for now,they dont have permanent place to hide. so be vegillan for this matter.

  8. Compared wit Jonathan regime,huhari and his cohots re far better professionally..

  9. Teresa, UcheChukwu you’re very Correct! They use Lies to get Promotions in Nigeria and outside. Fake promises is another Training they recieve.

  10. Wallahi boko harram still De o they throw bumb in the market in maiduguri and yola

  11. You people against PMB should stop been sentimental, be national, the man is trying and he loves is country most esecially the poor. Let be patient.

  12. I am in yobe but I have not heard of this you cocked story. Be sincere and promote peace and security.

  13. Pls i dnt wont 2 see ds face in ds season

  14. PMB had tried and is trying more than expected and better than inexperienced GEJ

  15. Mr chukwu fear god & promote peace.I’m in Adamawa no bomb in market.

  16. Mr Fatai u re right we shall stop being sentimental & do the thing at the right time.we people of N/east know why such comments were made.

    • Na now u fools knw that its bad 2 insult a leader kwo? Bt during jonathan own u blood sucking almajiri fool were calling him all sorts of names, infact u and una buhari neva see anything we go fustrate him out of dat seat.

  17. Between Saturday and now when PMB made this statement, which army barrack has been attacked by the insurgents?

  18. Please compare the feat of Nigeria Army during President Jonathan and the success and failure of Nigeria military against BOKo HARAM since d president Buhari took over

  19. even if any army barrack were attack by unknown element, that does not mean that BH are still in sambisa forest.they have been nowhere to hide.but we don’t loss hope such attack will be a history of the past in nigerian…well done mr.president!weldone Gen.TY buratai!!weldone our able gallant sodiers!!!..ONE NIGERIA Again..

  20. IF ELECTION is to be conducted now or anytime, everyday BABA PMB will WIN without pdpigs biafraud states that voted for badluck jonathan in 2015, losing it out with badluck ebele azikiwe and same will be in 2019. PMB till 2023 or infinity. Ikechukwu Chukwuka,Wimpam Kosovo,Kelvin Iyasere, Ejike Eze,, Fidel Nwosisi, Philis Barje, James Ogbodu with igbos sense, Kingsford Whyte, Jeremiah Thompson, Francis Ekpo, Sunday Ogar, Bernard Okechukwu, Ike Sunday, Ayalogu Pastor Azubuike Eric, Clement Bassey, Emuche Nnaji, Prince Chike, Francis Ekpo, Ajumogobia Okoyemalobianjews HenryMichaelEgombute, Nnaji Ikechukwu, Prince Chike, Chigozie Damian and co the baby factory products and pdpigs biafraud criminals of pipelines destruction party Igbos tribes that have the highest number of prostitutes and criminals executed killed or jailed in both Nigeria and abroad. PMB till 2023 or Infinity. One day worst of PMB if any in which there is none is 100% best to the world, Africa and Nigeria than 16yrs wastage regime of pdpigs biafraud criminals of pipelines destruction party that loot our treasury in the following format: gejgate, patiencejonathangate, dazienigate, dasukigate, ngoziokonjiwelagate, pdpigsbiafraudcriminalsgate, bokoharamcriminalgate, nigerdeltaavengergate, fayoseekitigate, FFKcriminalgate etc. Clueless and grand commander of nigerdelta avenger criminals badluck azikiwe ebele jonathan is the worst president Nigeria has ever have since independence. PMB till 2023 or Infinity then YORUBAS Osibanjo matured minded tested and trusted people will rule for 8yrs then rotate again to the North. pdpigs biafraud criminals of pipelines destruction party will NEVER rule Nigeria again even in a dream, NEVER!!!.