According to the commander of the U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM), David Rodriguez, terrorist sect, Boko Haram is still holding territory in Nigeria.
Nigerian government officials have repeatedly said that the sect has been decimated and can no longer hold any territory in the country.
Rodriguez contradicted the government’s claims while appearing before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, Premium Times reports.
“…Boko Haram does hold some significant territory in Northern Nigeria as do Al-Shabaab in limited areas of Somalia,” Rodriguez said after being asked if Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram were growing despite not holding any territory.
“We are watching carefully for signs that the threat posed by Boko Haram to U.S. persons is growing as a result of the group’s alignment with ISIL.
“Our engagement now can assist our African partners in realizing their potential and gaining the capability to solve African problems. African solutions to African problems are, in the long run, in the best interest of Africans, Americans, and indeed the world,” Rodriguez said further.
President Muhammadu Buhari has insisted that his government is defeating Boko Haram adding that the group no longer poses a threat to Nigeria.