UN Releases Fresh Report On Boko Haram

By Ikenga Chronicles February 8, 2017

Despite the claim Federal government claims that the rag-tag Boko Haram has been technically defeated, the United Nations on Tuesday issued a little bit contrary report.

Jeffrey Feltman, the UN under secretary-general for political matters said that Boko Haram remains a serious threat with thousands of foot soldiers.

Feltman made this disclosure while briefing the Security Council on the UN secretary-general’s fourth report on the threat the group poses to international peace and security efforts to “check and roll it back”.

The UN envoy also noted that Boko Haram was under intense military pressure, but warned against undermining its capacity to launch fatal attacks.

“ISIL-affiliate Boko Haram is attempting to spread its influence and commit terrorist acts beyond Nigeria,” he said.

“And Boko Haram remains a serious threat, with several thousand fighters at its disposal.

“It is, however, plagued by financial difficulties and an internal power struggle, and has split in two factions.”

Some of these attacks were directed and facilitated by ISIL personnel, while others were enabled by ISIL providing guidance or assistance or were inspired through its propaganda, it said.

The said while the military offensive in Libya had dislodged ISIL from its stronghold of Sirte, the group’s threat to Libya and neighbouring countries persists.

“Its fighters, estimated to range from several hundred to 3,000, have moved to other parts of the country,” he said.

Following the increased military pressure, Feltman said ISIL is now on the defensive military several regions, but was also adapting to military pressure by resorting to covert communications such as the ‘dark web’.

“Although its income and the territory under its control are shrinking, ISIL still appears to have sufficient funds to continue fighting,” he warned.

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