Do not submit to terrorists' blackmail- Atiku urges Nigerians

Former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has  urged Nigerians not to despair and give in to terrorists' blackmail which Boko Haram’s has been using as tool for intimidating and forcing citizens to surrender.
Reacting to the latest multiple bomb blasts in the suburbs of Abuja, the first since April 2014, the former vice president said it was clear that by targeting suburban Abuja, the Boko Haram terrorists wanted to persuade Nigerians to believe they were invincible, and thereby paralyse the country with fear and force it into submission.
Atiku, however, urged Nigerians not to be deceived by such desperate tactics by the Boko Haram militants that primarily target non-combatants or innocent and defenceless civilians.
According to the former vice president, “the Boko Haram terrorists have been militarily degraded by the new offensive strategy adopted by the Muhammadu Buhari administration, which have sent the militants packing from towns and villages they previously captured and occupied.”
He said the terrorists were bitter and frustrated that the Buhari administration was now taking the war to the enemy camp, which had forced them into disarray.
Atiku explained that the massive territorial losses suffered by the terrorists and the blockade of their weapons supply lines had significantly reduced their operational capabilities in terms of direct confrontation with the counter-terrorism forces.
The former vice president said  the obvious intention of the Boko Haram militants was to unleash their frustrations on innocent civilians, to whom they had easier access.
He added that by targeting civilians, the terrorists' main propaganda objective was to strike paralysing fear into the hearts of Nigerians, in order to turn public opinion against the government's genuine and robust efforts to neutralise them.
The Turaki Adamawa said the Boko Haram bandits were offering a last ditch resistance in a desperate move to deceive Nigerians, that they were invincible.
He added that he was fully satisfied with the new rigorous and no-nonsense strategies introduced by the APC-led Buhari administration.
He appealed to Nigerians not to despair in the face of the latest terrorist intimidation and harassment through the deliberate and indiscriminate destruction of lives, adding that he was convinced, given the sincerity of the Buhari administration, that the country would see the end of terrorism.
He conveyed his condolences to the grieving families of the victims and his sympathies to the maimed and injured.


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