The Presidency, has on Sunday, through Presidential Spokesman, Garba Shehu, said that boko haram is “a challenge not only to Nigeria, Lake Chad Basin, but to the Sub-Saharan region, and the whole of West Africa”, .
Shehu, who spoke during an interview on Channels Television’s ‘Sunday Politics’, lamented over the spate of attacks by boko haram, saying that the terrorists have disappeared and merged into a bigger threat.
He stated that ISWAP, a Faction of boko haram, is being funded by the remnants of the Libyan Army, in collaboration with Iraq and Iran.
His exact words: “What we are seeing today is that the boko haram that we knew has virtually disappeared, and has merged to a bigger threat – ISWAP that is funded and financed by the Libyan Army and alliances that have been formed including Iraq.
“This is a challenge not only to Nigeria, Lake Chad Basin, but to the Sub-Saharan region, and the whole of West Africa is tackling this together.”
He disclosed that Nigeria is a safer place to live in now, than it was before President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
Shehu stated that Buhari since his inauguration as President in 2015, has taken adequate measures in tackling several threats, including the farmers/herders clashes.
He stated that with respect to banditry activities, the South-Western region of the country is the safest part so far.