In a statement by Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar, Acting Director Defence Information, the army said that the video clip is diversionary and a desperate attempt by the dying Boko Haram sect to remain relevant.
The statement said that the video clip is a complete show of weakness and sign that the end is near for the insurgents, hence it does not in any way poses threat to us.
“The military is equally not deterred by the photoshop assemblage of worshippers at the supposed Eid-El Kabir prayer which is a replica of the video clip released by the sect in 2014.
“This has cast aspersion to the credibility of the clip and therefore should be disregarded.”
The statement stressed that the Nigerian military is highly committed to making lives unbearable to the enemies of this nation wherever they are and would do all that is required within its rules of engagement to ensure that no part of Nigerian territory is conducive and habitable for insurgents and any other criminals to stay and operate.
“The military believes so much in making statement through its action as evidenced in its past achievements rather than making noise in propaganda gimmick as exhibited by the Boko Haram elements in its recent video clip. Empty vessel, they say, makes most sound.
“All threat to leadership of our nation, military and citizens, should be discountenanced in its entirety as military is capable of further decimating the insurgents and providing security for all.
“While our operation will continue as planned with many terrorists already surrendering and may captives rescued, we advise all the remaining surviving Boko Haram terrorists to surrender now for their own good.
“The military wishes to reiterate its commitment, determination and resilience in stamping out Boko Haram and other related criminals across the country. We urge Nigerians not to bother about the antics of the degraded sect.
“Meeting their waterloo is surely imminent. With the support and prayers from the good citizens of our great country the Armed Forces make bold to say that never again would insurgence be allowed to reign supreme in our fatherland.”