- The Chief of Army staff, Tukur Buratai, stated that terrorist threats in Mali are direct threats to Nigeria because of the link between the terrorist groups
- He noted that while Boko Haram still managed to carry out isolated attacks, they have largely been decimated
- Buratai stressed Nigeria’s readiness to partner with Mali in combating the scourge of terrorism
The Boko Haram terrorist group has been linked with other terror groups located in northern Mali by Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army staff.
The army chief made his comments while receiving his Malian counterpart, Babi Abdulrahman, in Abuja on Monday July 10, Punch reports.
NAIJ.com gathers that Buratai stated that the recent arrest of two Boko Haram recruiters in Senegal and Mali proved that such a link indeed existed.
He said: “Nigeria and Mali are confronted with a similar security threat of terrorism. As the threat grows globally, it is important for us to partner and tackle this menace.
“The Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria have been investigated to have links with terror groups in northern Mali.
“This is proved with the arrest of two Boko Haram recruiters in Senegal and Mali. We are ready to cooperate with you on fighting terrorism.
“The threats in northern Mali are direct threats to Nigeria because of the established relationship between the Boko Haram and armed groups in Mali."
According to the army chief, despite the occasional attacks still perpetuated by the terrorists, their activities have largely been crippled by the Nigerian army.
He stated: “In Nigeria, the height of the Boko Haram insurgency was in August 2014, when the terrorists declared Gwoza as a caliphate, but we have been able to decimate the terrorists.
“Some of the terrorists still carry out attacks on isolated and remote areas of the North-East, but we are not resting on our oars.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that hundreds of Boko Haram members stayed at training camps with Malian militants for months in Timbuktu, learning to fix Kalashnikovs and launch shoulder-fired weapons.
The Nigerians fled the city into the desert along with the other militants, days before a French airstrike.
A man who said he was hired to cook for the militants said the Boko Haram members trained for about 10 months at what is now a bombed-out customs-police building on Timbuktu’s desert fringe, intermingling with a local al Qaeda offshoot called Ansar Dine.
Watch this NAIJ.com TV video about Nigerian Air Force operations against Boko Haram: