Army responds to alleged Boko Haram, ISWAP ‘Ramadan gifts’ to Borno, Yobe residents

The Nigerian Army says reports of Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province sects’ “Ramadan gifts” to residents of Borno and Yobe States were false.

Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, Director of Army Public Relations said the article cited the 2019 report of International Crisis Group “which tended to pour encomiums on the terrorists’ recruitment system since breaking away from the Abubakar Shekau’s faction”.

The spokesman, in a statement on Thursday, noted that there was no mention of any specific location where the alleged distribution took place.

Yerima said analysis by the Army’s established that there was nothing substantial about the claim, except “a hurriedly packaged piece of propaganda meant to distract the populace away from the recent defeats being suffered by the terrorists”.

He added that the terrorists have made several attempts to make the lives of the residents of these states miserable through the Ramadan season.

These attacks were met with an overwhelming response from the troops of Operation Hadin Kai, the General stressed.

“The most recent of such being their failure to sneak into Maiduguri on 11 May 2021 same day this ill-conceived article was published. The fate of the terrorists that made that audacious attempt is already a piece of public knowledge.

“Our team of eagle-eyed analysts went further to critically examine the pictures attached to this malicious publication and discovered that they were simply stage-managed in typical terrorists-styled propaganda.

“The uncoordinated director of the photoshoot presented the pictures according to his IQ and decided to measure the standard of the Nigerian public from his own personal standing.

“He used two poorly constructed shacks sited in the wilderness in multiple scenes by simply changing the arrangement of items and introducing different faces to make it look like an existing structure. He later posted a truck loaded with bags and a few terrorists on it parked in the middle of nowhere.

“A closer look at the background of all the pictures clearly showed an empty forest with no signs of human habitation or activity, except the few terrorists and some children that must have been forcefully taken away from their parents.”

The Army advised Nigerians to ignore the lies aimed at misleading them.

Yerima assured that the military arm led by Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru will continue to maintain the pressure on the terrorists hibernating in forests and borders.

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