The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Shehu Garba, has stated that it is not necessary to investigate the killing of troops of the Nigeria army by Boko Haram insurgents in Metele, Borno state.
Garba has made this known on Thursday when he featured as a guest on Channels TV’s breakfast show, Sunrise Daily, in Abuja.
He said: “I will not agree that investigating the Metele attack is necessary. I would think that if that is done, it will be an unnecessary distraction of the armed forces who are fighting hard with their whole lives to safeguard the country.”
Garba added: “Beyond technicalities, Boko Haram has been degraded and actually defeated.
“What we are dealing with is that Boko Haram has becomes generic term to describe the kind of activity and terrorism that is cross border happening in the Lake Chad region.
“You can see operationally, the terrorists mostly target food stuffs and livestock. So, economic motive is there.
“When they (Boko Haram) raid, they do not seek the conversion of people to their creed or the sense of their own religion. So, it is an important point to make.
“The re-emergence of of mercenaries (in the Northeast), certainly by non-Nigerians, and deployment of equipment increasingly sophisticated including drones that could last five hours in the air scooping information on sensitive military positions in our country?
“The entire thing calls for new strategy, better understanding and patience by Nigerians.”