The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose has challenged the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, to relocate to Sambisa Forest in Borno State or Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, and move around without heavy military security if indeed he was sure that Boko Haram had been defeated.
Speaking through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Fayose described the claim by Mohammed that Boko Haram insurgents had been defeated as strange.
He said: “Nigerians will only take the minister serious if he relocates to either Sambisa in Borno State or Damaturu in Yobe State and stay there till the end of March next year without heavy military security.
“To show their level of confusion, two days after the Minister of Information declared that Boko Haram had been defeated, President Buhari said the government would persuade Boko Haram to abandon their fight. One then wonders how the same Boko Haram insurgents Lai Mohammed said were already defeated will have to be persuaded to abandon their fight.
“Interestingly, the same Boko Haram that Lai Mohammed said had been defeated reportedly attacked Kimba village in Gur ward of Biu Local Government Area of Borno State yesterday night.
“Therefore, the Information Minister must show Nigerians how peaceful Borno and Yobe States have become after the defeat of Boko Haram by relocating to either Sambisa or Damaturu.”