The Presidency disclosed on Sunday that the intensified attacks of Boko Haram on Abuja is a calculated attempt by the sect to intimidate the Federal Government.
The presidency said the insurgents cannot achieve this aim as the country is too blessed to be intimidated, adding that the culprits of the incessant attacks across the country will be brought to book, Punch reports.
The Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Media and Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, made this known when he paid a condolence visit to the New Telegraph newspaper following the loss of its Managing Editor, Northern Operations, Mr. Suleiman Bisalla, in last Wednesday’s attack on EMAB Plaza Abuja.
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He said, “Boko Haram is about the fight for the soul of this country. What is the sense of bombing everywhere? It is struggle for power. God that sees the inner minds of Nigerians, will see us through.
“Boko haram may kill us, may destroy our properties, but they will not win. Nigeria will win the war against terrorism. By the grace of God, we will prevail.
“By coming to abuja, it is to intimidate government and it is not going to work.”
Okupe explained that Boko Haram will be defeated as the government has the resources and men to curb the insurgents.
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He lamented the loss of innocent lives, who have died for an offence they did not commit as majority of them had nothing to do with politics.
The presidential aide, however, gave the assurance that the incessant bombings will not derail the government neither will it stop them from protecting the citizens.
The Federal Capital territory, has come under Boko Haram attacks in recent time. Last week Wednesday, the sect struck at the at popular shopping mall, Emab Plaza on Aminu Kano Crescent in Wuse 2 in Abuja, leaving 21 people dead and 17 others injured. Among those who lost their lives was a journalist, the Managing Editor, Northern Operations, New Telegraph newspaper, Mr. Suleiman Bisala.