Femi Adesina, spokesman of President Muhammadu Buhari, says there is no need to worry over the Boko Haram insurgents swapped with 82 Chibok girls.
Adesina said this on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television programme, when he was asked to respond to security concerns raised over the release of the Boko Haram suspects.
He said though there were pocket of attacks in the north-east, the region is secure under the control of the security agencies.
“When there is ability and capacity to ensure security there is no need to worry, the north-east is under the effective control of the security agencies,” he said.
“I know there are pockets of attacks here and there but in terms of is the area secure? Yes. We know it is secure.”
He described the recent attacks carried out by the insurgents as the “last kicks of a dying horse”.
“This is a conjecture and there is no truth in it, the [attacks are] talks of the last kicks of a dying horse, that it was what you saw,” Adesina said.
“There are factions. I’m sure when those 21 girls were released, a faction must have been pissed and they decided to strike with some ferocity after that.”
When asked why the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement has not been part of the rehabilitation process of the girls, Adesina said: “The rehabilitation is a government responsibility. But that does not mean that non-governmental organisations can’t be involved. I don’t think BBOG is poised for that. That is not why they are set up.
“BBOG from inception has been doing a very good job and till now they are still doing a good job let’s give them kudos for what they have done but let them also stay within the ambit of what they were set up to do.”
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