UN envoy- Boko Haram will take years to ‘eliminate’

United Nations envoy told AFP Tuesday that despite the military success against Boko Haram jihadists, it will take years to “completely eliminate” the group.

Muhammad Ibn Chambas, special envoy to the UN secretary general for West Africa and the Sahel said,   “Boko Haram has proven to be a resilient group…I think it will take time to totally eliminate,”

“What we are seeing is that Boko Haram has become part of an international terrorism network.”

Governors from four countries Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, are meeting for two days to discuss regional co-operation on stabilisation, peace building and sustainable development in the area.

Chambas comments come at a time when the Nigerian government and their military are insisting that the war against Boko Haram is over, despite contrary evidence and attacks show this is not true.

In the beginning of this month, 86 people were killed in twin suicide bomb attacks by the extremist group.

Chamaba said the recent attacks show the extremist group still hold territory in Yoba and Borno state were the attack occurred, “It is relative,”

“As long as they are not totally defeated obviously they are present in some areas”.

Photo Credit- CBC

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