Following the release of a Boko Haram video showing thousands of its members gathering for prayer during Sallah celebration, the Defence Headquarters has declared it photoshopped; same that was released by the sect in 2014.
According to the Acting Director of Defence Information, Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar, the Defence Headquarters would have ignored the video but for the need to address the outburst contained in the clip and the fears of the citizenry.
He stated on Thursday that the Boko Haram worshippers in the video were photoshopped, adding that the clip was diversionary and a futile attempt by the insurgents to remain relevant, hence it should be ignored.
In a full statement, the director restated the commitment of the armed forces to go after the insurgents and criminals operating within the nation’s territory. Abubakar said:
“Much as the Nigerian Armed Forces would have allowed the ranting of the Boko Haram in its latest video clip to go without formal reaction, it becomes necessary to make some comments to douse the apprehension of the Nigerian citizens concerning the outburst in the clip.
“It is important to state here that the video clip is diversionary and a desperate attempt by the dying Boko Haram sect to remain relevant. The video clip is a complete show of weakness and a sign that the end is near for the insurgents, hence it does not in any way pose a threat to us.
“The military is equally not deterred by the photoshopped 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 on the credibility of the clip and therefore should be disregarded.”
Abubakar urged Nigerians to ignore the threat by the Boko Haram against President Muhammadu Buhari and the military – which are capable of eradicating the terrorists as well as protect the country.