The Nigerian army has been boasting major victories in the past few weeks and even making bold proclamations that the Boko Haram terrorist group is losing its hold in the North.
The service chiefs have hit the ground running after an ultimatum from the President that the insurgency in the North must be stamped out in three months.
Despite these campaigns, the dreaded Boko Haram group struck yesterday in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, orchestrating multiple blasts which left 54 dead, with even more people reportedly injured.
The attacks reportedly targeted the Ajilari Cross evening market area and neighbouring Gomari where a mosque as well as a viewing center were hit.
Four improvised explosives reportedly went off in Maiduguri today, with the insurgents fighting back to dispel claims that they are in disarray. Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau released a video on Saturday dismissing the claims of the Nigerian military as “lies”.
“They have lied about us saying that they have retaken our territories, taken weapons and driven us away,” he said, adding that, “They are actually the ones whom we have driven away. They are all liars.”