NIGERIA (OBSERVATORY) – Nigerian authorities have announced that the country’s army plans to turn the northeastern Sambisa forest, where the militant Boko Haram organization is active, into a tourist site.
“The Nigerian army will cooperate with the National Parks Administration and the state government of Borno to transform the Sambisa forest into a tourist site to attract tourists to the country,” said Bashir Ahmed, media assistant to Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in his Twitter account.
The plan was presented by Nigerian Chief of Staff General Tukur Buratai, the official said.
The president of Nigeria and the chief of staff have announced more than once the defeat of Boko Haram, but the organization is still active in the northern regions of the country, where more than 100 girls were kidnapped from school in the city of Babchi in February.
Boko Haram has been active in northern Nigeria since 2009. His attacks have killed at least 34,000 people.