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Claims of Boko Haram’s new leadership irrelevant to counter-insurgency operation – DHQ

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Posted: Aug 4, 2016 at 6:45 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) says the announcement of a new Boko Haram leader is irrelevant and inconsequential to the military’s operation in the North East.

The Director of Defence Information, DHQ, Brig.-Gen. Rabe Abubakar, said in Abuja on Wednesday that the military remained focused on its operation in the North East.

He said the announcement of a new leader for the group was only aimed at seeking attention and relevance.

“As far as we are concerned, what Boko Haram or their cohorts are doing is of no relevance to our operations against them.

“We are just focused on clearing the remnants of the insurgents that are scattered around.

“What they are doing is to seek relevance and to tell the world that they are still around whereas they have been decimated.

“Their latest move is the antics of a fading group and I believe that in the shortest time they will be history.”

In a related development, the Commandant, National Defence College, Rear Admiral Samuel Alade, has expressed optimism that the country has developed the requisite manpower to address Nigeria’s contemporary security challenges.

Alade, who spoke at the 2016 graduation dinner of the college, said the participants’ conduct at the college had been satisfactory and encouraging hence his confidence on the participants.

“In view of the outcome of the individual performances of course 24 participants I am confident that we have among them a crop of strategic leaders that can be relied upon to address challenging issues in the nation.

“Despite this optimism, I want to say that it is also a moment of reflection for the graduands as much is expected of them to impact positively on society’s challenges.”