By Augustine Akhilomen
The Presidency has disclosed that foreign extremists were responsible for the attack on Nigerian soldiers in Metele, Borno State.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said the recent attack on the Nigerian Army was perpetrated by foreign extremists in Metele, Borno State.
Garba made this statement during a Channels Television’s morning programme, Sunrise Daily, on Thursday, monitored by ThePledge.
He confirmed that Boko Haram have been defeated technically in the North East of the country and insisted that the last week attack on Nigerian soldiers was carried out by foreign Islamic sect.
“Beyond technicalities, Boko Haram has been degraded and actually defeated.
“What we are dealing with is that Boko Haram has becomes generic term to describe the kind of activity and terrorism that is cross border happening in the Lake Chad region.
“You can see operationally, the terrorists mostly target foodstuffs and livestock. So, economic motive is there.
“When they (Boko Haram) raid, they do not seek the conversion of people to their creed or the sense of their own religion. So, it is an important point to make.
“The re-emergence of mercenaries (in the North East), certainly by non-Nigerians, and deployment of equipment increasingly sophisticated including drones that could last five hours in the air scooping information on sensitive military positions in our country?
“The entire thing calls for new strategy, better understanding and patience by Nigerians.”