- A representative of the United Nations, Mohammed Ibn Chambers, says Boko Haram insurgents still constitute a grave threat to the stability and survival of people in the Lake Chad region
- He advises the federal government to pursue the insurgents
- Nigeria’s ambassador to the UN, Samson Itegboje, tells the global body that Boko Haram no longer holds any territory in the country
A representative of the United Nations (UN) has said the Boko Haram group has been weakened but not yet defeated by the Nigerian forces.
The Sun reports that the UN secretary-general for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mohammed Ibn Chambers, told journalist on Tuesday, May 8, that Boko Haram still constituted a grave threat to the stability and survival of people in the Lake Chad region.
He made the statement in Maiduguri in reactions to claims by the federal government that the insurgents have been completely defeated.
“Boko Haram is by no means defeated but certainly weakened," he said.
Chambers advised security forces to pursue the insurgents.
NAIJ.com had earlier reported that Nigeria’s ambassador and deputy permanent representative to the UN, Samson Itegboje, told the United Nations General Assembly in New York that the Boko Haram terrorists no longer held any territory in the country, NAN reports.
He stated this while presenting Nigeria’s message at the ‘High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace’ at the UN headquarters.
Itegboje said the meeting was being convened at a time when the global community was facing unprecedented threats, geo-political tensions, social dislocation, cyber attacks, threat of climate change and terrorism.
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