The Federal Government yesterday said it does not have any evidence yet linking Boko Haram with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Coordinator of the National Information Centre, Mike Omeri, who spoke with reporters and other security chiefs, said it was an act of desperation by the Boko Haram sect to be identifying with the ISIS.
“It can best be described as an act of sympathy and desperation by the sect to be identifying with ISIS; it is unacceptable.
We wish to state that there is no evidence that the IS operates in Nigeria and the latest attempt by Boko Haram to identify with the group is an act of desperation aimed at seeking attention and
possible assistance from outside in the face of the crushing defeat they are suffering in the hands of the Nigerian Armed Forces and other regional collaborators.
The fact of the matter is that Nigeria and her neighbours are pushing the insurgents away from their strongholds, capturing many of them and destroying several of their facilities,” he said.
Omeri added that the government would do everything within its powers to sustain the fight against Boko Haram while also striving to get back the remaining lost territories.
“We wish to assure Nigerians that this tempo will be sustained until every presence of Boko Haram insurgency is totally obliterated in Nigeria. The only nation that will exist in Nigeria is a united Federal Republic of Nigeria, which demands the cooperation, commitment and patriotism of all its citizens,” he said.