The Centre for Crisis Communication, a research and advisory body independent of government, said the deadline was “not tenable” given the continued wave of bombings in the northeast.
He argued that: “the time line on when to stop the insurgents from activating sleeper cells and detonating bombs on soft targets in any part of the country, especially in the frontline states, should not be sacrosanct”.
In June, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the military to crush the insurgency by December, but the extremists have pushed back with village raids and urban suicide bombings that have killed more than 1,500 people.
Buhari himself has said he was confident the deadline would be met-but only on Boko Haram’s “conventional” assaults.
“Air Commodore Anas does not work for the Nigerian government, the center which he said that from does not speak for the Nigerian government, but he is entitled to his own opinion on the matter”, Shehu adds.
The Nigerian military says it will make the list of wanted persons suspected to be members of Boko Haram more available to public places.
The Islamist militants rarely claim attacks but they are based in the north of Nigeria and often launch cross border attacks in Niger, Chad and Cameroon.
Remains of at least 35 people have been recovered in Nigeria’s Bama town four months after it was liberated from Boko Haram militants, an Nigerian official said.
Last year, the deaths attributed to Boko Haram alone increased by more than 300%, it said.
Three of the country’s northeastern regions-Adamawa, Borno and Yobe-are still under a state of emergency as Nigerian forces battle to boost security after recapturing territory the group had seized earlier in the year.
Boko Haram, which has pledged allegiance to Islamic State, which operates mainly in Syria and Iraq, has killed thousands and displaced millions of people in its six-year campaign to carve out a caliphate run according to strict Islamic law.