President Buhari Never Said Boko Haram War Is Over – Femi Adesina Says

Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Media and Publicity,
Femi Adesina, has denied media reports that President Buhari said that
the war against Boko Haram insurgency is over.

Speaking on Channels TV, Adesina said that President Buhari’s
commendation message to the military over the capture of Boko Haram’s
enclave in Sambisa forest on Christmas day, never included any statement
where he said that the war against the insurgents was over.

“If you look at the President word-for-word, there is no place you will
see him say that (the victory) signposts the defeat of the Boko Haram,
no! It’s an interpretation by the press. What the President did was to
congratulate the military for taking over the last camp of the Boko
Haram which is called camp zero. What that effectively means is that
Sambisa forest which was like the last stronghold of the Boko Haram has
been effectively taken over by the military,” he said

Adesina stressed that despite the capture of Boko Harams enclave, the
war against the insurgents isn’t over

“There will always be bitter enders at any given time. Even as Sambisa
forest has been taken over, you will still find some elements who will
continue to fight and they will be taken out eventually. This kind of
war is not one that at a point you will say because Sambisa has been
taken over, its over for now, no! It is over when we stop having strikes
and attacks,” he said