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February 8, 20204min840
 Two prominent Nigerians, Hon. Bamidele Salem, representing Ede North, South/Egbedero/Ejigbo Federal Constituency of Osun State in the House of Representatives and the President, Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Alhaji Shetima Yerima have countered President Muhammadu Buhari for saying Boko Haram insurgents hAve beenbeen decimated.
They said the fight against insurgency was far from being won.

Daily Mail reports that President Muhammadu Buhari while commissioning two Nigeria Air Force Agusta 109 Power Helicopters and MI-17 E Helicopters at the Eagle Square, Abuja on Thursday remarked that the dreaded group had been decimated.

He had said: “I promised to put an end to Boko Haram insurgency, kidnapping and other forms of criminality that have bedevilled our country during my inaugural speech as President.

“You will all agree with me that the successes we have achieved so far have restored our pride and honour the world over. Consequently, I want to sincerely thank Nigerians for believing in our government, in spite occasional outrages, coming together as a nation, irrespective of political, religious and ethnic affiliations, in our strive to bring this menace to an end.

“I want to, once again, salute the resolve of our Armed Forces and the invaluable contributions of all security agencies for their efforts towards the decimation of Boko Haram.”

His position was also corroborated by the Chief of Air Staff, Sadiq Abubakar who hosted the event.

Reactions have continues to trail the position of the president and his Chief of Air Staff, with Salem saying, “On the issue of Boko Haram, it is unfortunate that the president will be giving that kind of impression. Maybe, he was only trying to encourage himself.

“I don’t know or he is being given a very wrong report by those who are saddled with the task of coordinating the fight against insurgency. The battle is far from being won.

“We need to really be realistic and put in all our efforts in trying to make it come to reality. I was shocked when I read that. And when you compare that with what the president said recently that he was surprised that Boko Haram was still existing, so how do you reconcile these positions? And one week after that you said you have decimated Boko Haram, I really don’t understand.”

On his part, the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Alhaji Yerima, neither the President nor the military was winning the war against Boko Haram.

“No, they have not. If everything is put in place, if they have actually got it right in the last 5 years as we are today, ordinarily nobody would have begun to think of self-help. But because they have failed and that is what has brought about what we are witnessing today. It is sad and very unfortunate that the architecture is not put in place in the best interest of the people. People are no longer sleeping with their two eyes closed,” he said.

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