In Late 2016, President Buhari said that the Nigerian government had effectively destroyed the last Boko Haram holdings. Since then Boko Haram has worked to prove that this is far from the truth. They have conducted no less than 40 attacks on Christians, government personnel, students, and villagers. These attacks have killed more than 200 people and injured many more. Boko Haram is neither defeated or gone. They have proven that they are still the same heartless murderers and that they will stick around as long as possible.
07/25/2017 Nigeria (Pulse) – Despite repeated claims by the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, that Boko Haram has been defeated, the terrorist group’s recent spate of successful attacks tells a completely different story.
The group’s Sambisa Forest stronghold was cleared by the Nigerian army in December 2016, but the group has come back with renewed savagery, launching attacks after attacks, mostly on soft targets, to continue their reign of terror mostly in Borno state.
After President Muhammadu Buhari’s bold, albeit premature, declaration of the “final crushing of Boko Haram terrorists in their last enclave”, shadowy leader, Abubakar Shekau, in a video, declared a renewed war on the country, urging his followers to, “Kill all the infidels and detonate bombs everywhere, Yes! I want you to kill, slaughter and abduct.”
Boko Haram attacks in 2017 are responsible for the death of more than 200 people in the restive northern region of the country.
Dozens of people have also been abducted this year, the most high profile being the kidnap of some police officers during an ambush in Maiduguri in June.