After clearing of the last strong hold of the Boko Haram terrorists strong hold, the “Camp Zero.” Guards brigade did their end of the year dinner night at Guards Brigade Scorpion Mess.
President Muhammadu Buhari, the Grand Commander of the Order of Nigeria was present at the event along side all the service chiefs, minister of Defence and the national security adviser Monguno.
President Buhari said’ “I attended the Guards Brigade Regimental Dinner Night, at the Guards Brigade Scorpion Mess.”
Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai presented the Boko Haram flag, recovered from Camp Zero, Sambisa Forest, when the Nigerian Army captured it last week.
However, critics say the flag is fake,
Indeed, Elombah.com checks reveal three striking differences between the flag seen in Shekau’s videos and that presented to President Buhari.
1. The edge of Shekau’s flag has a yellow lacy material while that presented to President Buhari has none.
2. Shekau’s flag has an Islamic inscription on a white background in the middle. But the flag presented to President Buhari has an Islamic inscription which runs vertically across a black material.
3. There are also two guns on the flag presented to President Buhari which are absent on the flag seen in Shekau’s videos.
See both flags below.
Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau
Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau with his real flag
Army presents captured Boko Haram flag to President Muhammadu Buhari
Vanguard Columnist Ochereome Nnanna wrote on Facebook:
“what do you make of the “fake” Shekau flag presented to President Buhari, and the loving way he fondled it in front of the cameras?
“Why would Shekau leave his flag and koran, the very personal symbols of his madness, for his enemies to capture when shifting base?
“When you compare the flag Shekau used in his latest video and the one handed over to the president, the latter looks like a counterfeit.
“Or were they subconsciously reenacting a 47 year-old movie starring Buhari instead of Gowon to gratify the military ego of our septuagenarian president?”