Boko Haram is technically defeated, I stand by my words – Lai Mohammed

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed says he stands by what he said in 2015, that the Boko Haram terrorists have been technically defeated.

The minister stated this on Monday when he paid a working visit to the new corporate headquarters of “The Sun” Newspaper in Lagos.

Fielding questions from the editorial board of the newspaper led by the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief, Onuoha Ukeh the minister said Nigeria is currently facing global terrorism that has no boundary, no frontier.

“I stand by what I said that Boko Haram is technically defeated.

“What we are having today is global terrorism where you have ISIS, ISWAP Al-Qaeda all working together.

“Terrorism is a global issue. Between 2009 and 2015 we were fighting Boko Haram, but today we are fighting global terrorism where the remnants of the Army in Syria are now joining hands with the ISWAP and others,” he said.

Mohammed said his position in 2015 that Boko Haram had been technically defeated was based on what he saw on ground when he led a team of local and international journalists to the epicenter of insurgency in 2015.

“I was on ground in Bama, Konduga, and Maiduguri and I know what I saw before I made that claim.