I Can’t Promise Boko Haram Will Or Will Not Be Eradicated – Garba Shehu
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, says he cannot promise whether or not the Boko Haram terrorists will be eradicated.
He stated this on Monday during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily when he was asked if terrorism has come to stay or it is a challenge that will till fade out.
“I can’t promise you that Boko Haram will or will not be eradicated but it is an ongoing challenge globally. Even in the more advanced countries or more weaponised nations, it is still a challenge,” he said.
Regardless of the attacks, Shehu stated that the Federal Government has ‘greatly minimised’ the terrorists’ activities.
According to him, the current administration has discovered manufacturers supplying weapons to the insurgents.
“The attacks are still a far cry from the enormity of those attacks that we have seen in the past. They have been greatly minimised and they have greatly pushed away from the national population.
“Government has identified local manufacturers and we don’t know the next steps that will follow. But the Federal Government is also internalising this campaign. The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu who has worked with the International Police (Interpol) is putting them to good effect.
“With the support we are getting from our neighbours, we are trying to see how we can stop (the supply and manufacturing of weapons),” he stated.
Ahead of the President’s inauguration for a second term in office on Wednesday, the presidential spokesman also spoke on the relationship between the executive and legislative arms of government.
He decried a situation whereby the budget experienced delay following what he described as a frosty relationship with the National Assembly.
“The iconic delay experienced in 2018 of 7 months, the National Assembly holding on is good enough for the Guinness Book of Record and the President has lamented,” he stated.