An anti-terrorism group, the Coalition Against Terrorism and Extremism (CATE) has replied the United Nations over its recent claim that the Boko Haram terrorists have not been defeated.
A United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Dr Mohammed Ibn Chambers, had recently claimed that the that Boko Haram sect has not been defeated in the north-eastern part of the country.
Chambers, who spoke with newsmen in Maiduguri recently on the sideline of the two-day Lake Chad Governors’ Forum for Regional Cooperation on Stabilisation, Peace-building and Sustainable Development, observed that “Boko Haram is by no means defeated but certainly weakened. The fight needs to continue.”
Addressing journalists in Abuja, however, CATE executive director, Comrade Gabriel Onoja, said the reality on ground as by independent analysts as well as peace and conflict resolution practitioners on the field showed that the terrorist group remained defeated.
Onoja expressed worries that the statement credited to the UN may be a precursor to the re-arming of the terrorists to cause more havoc.
He said the statement by Chambers may have confirmed initial fears of international conspiracy to make Nigeria fail, wondering why the UN is yet to disown the statement.
He said, “CATE is therefore looking below the surface in assessing the position declared by the UN and ibn Chambers’ because it implies there are steps being taken by these players to revive and re-arm Boko Haram to ensure that all possible outcomes tally with their perverted position.
“Irrespective of the twisted position that some key players may wish to adopt, our stand is that Boko Haram has been and remained defeated. The assessment that made us arrive at this conclusion is neither by the UN or the Federal Government of Nigeria’s standard but we rather rely on the reality on ground as can be attested to by independent analysts as well as peace and conflict resolution practitioners on the field.
“We urge the Nigerian military and government not to be caught napping.”