The Coordinator of the National Information Centre, Mr. Mike Omeri has said that the recent victories recorded by the Nigerian Army against the dreaded Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram, was an evidence that the postponement of the 2015 general elections was neither in vain nor a devious ploy by the government.
The general elections which had been slated for February 14 and 28 were postponed for security reasons and to buy time for the Nigerian army to sweep out Boko Haram insurgents in the north eastern region of the country.
Omeri made this known on Thursday while giving an update on the security reports across the country. He noted that there was increased collaboration and vigilance on the part of the security operatives in the fight against the insurgents.
Commenting on the postponement of the general elections, Mr Omeri noted that it was necessary to give the security agents time to restore peace in troubled areas.
“From the information coming from the North East, it is evident that successes are being recorded,” Omeri noted, adding that there were evidences that the request to postpone the general elections was not in vain and neither was it a ploy as alleged by the opposition.
Asked about the efforts at rescuing the Chibok school girls, who were abducted by members of the Boko Haram sect on April 14, 2014, Omeri said “operations are still ongoing” to free as many that were taken forcefully, including the girls.
He urged Nigerians to “please be patient”.
On comments by the Chadian President claiming to know the whereabouts of the Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau and his continued resurgence despite previous claims by the Nigerian military that he had been killed, Omeri said he had no reason to doubt the military since they were the ones in the theater of action.
Asked about citizens who were forced to abandon their homes to escape Boko Haram attacks, Omeri disclosed that some internally displaced persons in some communities within the country have started returning to their various homes.
He however noted that some communities have been advised to wait for the army to give a go-ahead before moving back into their communities.
“Where peace and stability is established, people have started coming back. Where they still need to undertake mop up operations and give necessary security advice, citizens are advised to wait and operate within the advice that would be given by the military and other appropriate authorities”.