MAIDUGURI, Nigeria – Nigeria's military is claiming unprecedented success against Islamic militants but politicians are skeptical despite reports the militants are disbanding camps and the entire insurgency may be abandoned.
The Defense Ministry says captured extremists have confessed their struggle to make Nigeria an Islamic state is in jeopardy with fighters starving and under constant aerial bombardments. It says some confessed their clerics "declared that the operation of the sect had come to an end as the mission could no longer be sustained."
But House of Assembly speaker Aminu Waziri Tambuwal says the country has run out of excuses for its inability to defend citizens against "an orgy of deaths, destruction and waste." Hundreds of civilians have been killed this year despite the deployment of thousands of troops.
Both statements were made Tuesday.