“All movements using vehicles, bicycles and animals like horses, camels, and donkeys in Maiduguri will be restricted as from Wednesday 5:00pm (1700hrs) 23 September 2015”, the message also stated. People consider the curfew as a kind of postponement of the celebration.
The ban follows a string of blasts that killed more than 100 people Sunday in Maiduguri and Monguno in Borno state. He told IBTimes United Kingdom: “I am a Christian, I don’t celebrate Eid”. People also slaughter lambs during Eid, but because of the restriction, the price of the lamb has risen and this is not good.
They have increased the frequency of attacks since Muhammadu Buhari won the presidential election in May.
Col. Tukur Gusau, the army’s deputy director for public relations, said the decision had been taken with a view to preempting potential security threats during the annual Islamic festival.
President Buhari assures all Nigerians that the days of Boko Haram are numbered.
The Vanguard newspaper reported that the arrest Boko Haram Commander, Bulama Modu, who had been on the wanted list of security agencies, even as another 241 hostages, particularly women and children were rescued. More than 1,000 people have died in Boko Haram attacks since Buhari was elected March.
Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau last weekend dismissed the military’s repeated assertion the group was in disarray and a spent force as “lies”.
Earlier this month, Boko Haram was blamed for bombing a camp in Yola, Adamawa state, for those who had fled the fighting, while there have been repeated attacks in Cameroon, Chad and Niger. “They are all liars”.
Nigeria is leading a new task force – consisting of 8,700 troops from Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Benin – which is believed to have scored some successes, such as the recapture of a key town in Borno.