The minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said, the Nigerian military has largely succeeded in defeating Boko Haram because the insurgents are now “only operating from one or two local governments”. The minister, however, urged the media to stop "giving oxygen to the terrorists”, saying the war cannot be successful without the cooperation of journalists. Speaking on Channel Television’s Sunrise Daily, Lai Mohammed said, "Just as I said in my meeting with the newspapers editors in Lagos on the 21st of December, the military has largely met the deadline to defeat Boko Haram, and the military has matched the capacity of terrorists to carry out the attacks they used to."
“We know that in an insurgency, the war does not end in one day. The attack on soft targets will continue, but we also want to appeal to the media to stop giving oxygen to the Boko Haram insurgency. When we glamorize the attacks, it gives the terrorists more life and in a time of insurgency like this, the media also has a role to play, which is not to glamorize the attacks," Mohammed said.