The United States government believe that the recent incessant Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria may not be unconnected to the upcoming elections in the country.
The spokesperson for the U.S. State Department, Marie Harf, made a claim Wednesday, January 14, adding however that despite this, the polls should be held.
Harf, while briefing newsmen said: “There has been a sharp escalation in the number of reported casualties. We do believe the election is a factor”
The official also noted that the insurgents had previously resorted to this tactics to stir up tensions.
“Boko Haram has tended to, particularly around something like an election, use political issues or sensitivities to try to enflame tensions.
“We have seen that as one of their tactics and that is why it is so important to move forward with the election, because we believe it is important”.
It should be noted that in the recent period the insurgents have seized Baga, Borno State, and have attacked several towns in the North-East.
Hours ago it was reported that the militants invaded the strategic town of Biu, but were repelled by the Nigerian troops.