The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has said that Boko Haram fighters are dying of hunger, scampering for their own safety, as survival has become almost impossible for them due to the renewed firepower of the Nigerian military.
BMO said this in reaction to the report that Boko Haram members receive as much as $3,000 daily as against the Nigerian troops who are only paid N1,000.
In a press release signed by its Chairman, Niyi Akinsiju, and Secretary, Cassidy Madueke, in Abuja, BMO said the true situation was that the insurgents were in disarray, lacking in supplies, foodstuffs and logistics.
According to the group, the current unenviable state of the terrorist was due mainly to the renewed offensive by the Nigerian military. The statement reads:
“Obviously these deficiencies do not support the reckless views expressed in some quarters about the lucrative pay of the insurgents. A terrorist group that is buffeted with hunger and starvation can definitely not be in a position to withstand the unrelenting bombardment by the Nigerian military.
“We also note that based on the renewed firepower of the Nigerian military, the Boko Haram terrorists are now scattered and scampering for their own safety, as survival has become almost impossible. Dozens of the insurgents were recently killed by the Nigerian troops within the Kimba-Sabon Gari-Damboa axis in Borno State.”
The group, therefore, commended the Nigerian military for their commitment towards eradicating the scourge of insurgency in the North-East of the country, in line with the policy of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
“Presently, the Boko Haram insurgents are suffering from the depletion of their number of fighters following the ceaseless bombardments of their enclaves by the Nigerian military, with the air support by the Nigerian Air Force.
“We therefore appeal to Nigerians to disregard the rumours being peddled about that the Boko Haram terrorists are receiving mouth-watering pay. This is a huge joke taken too far by the unpatriotic sympathisers of the notorious sect, which is meant to cause disaffection in the country. We also urge the military not to relent but to sustain their tempo of activities in the North-East with the Operation Lafiya Dole.”