Confirms Weapons The Sect Seized Belong To The Military
The possibility of tackling Boko Haram insurgency with a multilateral military force inspired by the United Nations and the African Union dimmed Friday over comments by the national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki, that Nigeria does not need one. Dasuki spoke on the British Broadcasting Corporation Newsday, where he said Nigeria’s neighbours were better placed to defeat the insurgents. Dasuki, a retired colonel, recently called for the postponement of February general elections, for which he continues to receive flak.
Describing the terrorist group as a “real security threat”, Dasuki added that the latter plans to create an Islamic state. He confirmed the seizure of military weapons by the sect during its deadly raid on a multinational force base in Baga, Borno State, with close proximity to Chad. Dasuki said the sect plans to “annihilate Nigeria” with the weapons seized. The controversial Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, this week appeared in a video in which he displayed their seizure and gleefully mocked Nigerian soldiers, labelling them ‘cowards’. Using Shekau’s word, Dasuki said it was not true that the soldiers are not properly armed, and stating that there are “cowards” within the armed forces.