- An anti-terrorism group has commended the Nigerian army over its recent feat against Boko Haram elements
- The group said going after terrorists' sponsors is the right thing to do in order to prevent the group from regrouping
- The group also said Nigerians are aware that the army has won the war
An anti-terrorism group has commended the Nigerian army over its recent feat against Boko Haram element.
The group, the North East Coalition Against Terrorism (NECAT) also commended the military for arresting individuals suspected to be involved in financing the activities of the terrorists.
During a press conference in Abuja, the national coordinator of NECAT Yusuf Msheliza said going after terrorists sponsors is the right thing to do in order to prevent the group from regrouping.
Msheliza said though the fleeing terrorists have carried out surprise attacks, but Nigerians are aware that the army has won the war.
“We are pleased to report that we are not in any way disappointed with the turn of events since that defeat first made headlines.
"The expected fallout from that defeat was that the remnants of the terror group would try staging surprise attacks even as they are on the run all in the effort to present a picture of not being defeated.
"We are not surprised at the development in the news about such attacks and we must say there are even fewer attacks than we anticipated, all thanks to the Nigerian army for intelligence gathering that has been used to foil many of such plots.
He also said the recent arrest of some individuals alleged to be harbouring some Boko Haram members is a "proactive decision".
"We hail the Nigerian army for arresting these politically exposed persons who aid the activities of terrorists in the country. Our earnest expectations is that they will soon be charged to court under anti-terror laws if found culpable," Msheliza said.
The group said while the army has so far been able to nab local government level politicians but from information available in the public space previously, the searchlight would have to beam on politicians at the state level, who had openly disclosed their association with Boko Haram in the past.
He also urged all the security agencies that in going after these political Boko Haram members, no distinction should be made on account of past or present political affiliations, ethnic background or religious subscription.
"The paramount consideration is the safety and integrity of Nigeria. Such distinctions should not be extended to these key actors that have been involved in arms purchases, raising of funds to finance terrorism and recruitment of unsuspecting Nigerians to swell the rank of insurgents especially whenever they are decimated the Nigerian army.
"We want to stress that it is important that these elements are dealt with now that the whole of the north east has been liberated because it is important to curb the activities of fleeing Boko Haram members who may contemplate regrouping."