By John Imade (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – According to the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, dreaded Islamist insurgent group, Boko Haram, has transformed into a bigger threat.
According to Shehu, who disclosed this during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, Boko Haram has been absorbed fully by ISWAP, which was being funded by remnants of the Libyan Army in collaboration with Iraq and Iran, adding that this was a challenge to the Sub-Saharan region, calling for multinational efforts to tackle the emerging threat.
“What we are seeing today is that the Boko Haram that we knew has virtually disappeared and has merged to a bigger threat – ISWAP that is funded and financed by the Libyan Army and alliances that have been formed including Iraq,” he said
“This is a challenge not only to Nigeria, Lake Chad Basin but to the Sub-Saharan region, and the whole of West Africa is tackling this together.”
Boko Haram commenced its bloody campaign against the Nigerian State when it launched series of attacks in the North-East in 2009, following the death of its leader, Mohammed Yusuf, who died in police custody after his capture by the military.
In 2014, the group pledged its allegiance to the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP), and upped the ante by attacking both hard and soft targets such as military formations, civilians, religious centers among others, in a bloody orgy that resulted in the death of thousands and displacement of millions more.