United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Matthias Schmale, said that said that the Nigerian military had achieved what they call kinetic success in fighting the Boko Haram.
He said while answering questions on the security situation in the Northeast from the UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in New York on his experience working with the Nigerian Government.
He said: “So, Boko Haram, again, as a summary term is weaker than it used to be.
“Our assessment would be that they cannot sustain the kinds of military campaigns against the military but instead, what they are doing is inflicting violence on civilians, you know their violence has become more unpredictable.’’
The UN envoy said the organisation had been seeing rising numbers of civilians being killed and tortured because they do random attacks all over the places, which also means it’s become less safe for civilians, but also humanitarian, so that hasn’t changed.
In addition, he expressed concern over the instability in Niger that Islamic violent extremist groups from the country might also spread to the northeast Nigeria.
“So right now, North Nigeria I think is relatively safe and protected from those influences as much as it can be but the region itself is not.
“For the UN, I think it’s fair to say the influence of violent extremist groups remains of grave concern,’’ Schmale said.
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