FACT-CHECK: Buhari’s Independence Day claim on Boko Haram untrue

President Muhammadu Buhari addressing World Leaders at the 71st General Assembly of United Nations in New York 7000/21/9/2016/ICE/HB/BJO/NAN
President Muhammadu Buhari addressing World Leaders at the 71st General Assembly of United Nations in New York 7000/21/9/2016/ICE/HB/BJO/NAN

“On Security, we have made progress.  Boko Haram was defeated by last December – only resorting to cowardly attacks on soft targets, killing innocent men, women and children.” — President Muhammadu Buhari during his 2016 Independence Day speech.

President Muhammadu Buhari’s repeated claim that his administration has defeated Boko Haram has raised several eyebrows.

PREMIUM TIMES partner, Africa Check, had previously looked into a similar context of this assertion when Mr. Buhari made it earlier this year.

On Saturday, in his Independence Day speech, Mr. Buhari repeated an oft-stated claim; saying, “Boko Haram was defeated by last December.”

Boko Haram new
Boko Haram

A fact-check of the president’s claim, however, shows it falls short of meeting Mr. Buhari’s own definition of victory and the target he set for himself in the war against Boko Haram.

The Claims

Mr. Buhari’s seeming desperation to proclaim victory in the war against Boko Haram, despite contrary evidence, appears to have been self-inflicted.

It started on August 1, 2015, about two months after he assumed office, when he visited the Republic of Benin on a courtesy call on former President Boni Yayi in Cotonou.

“I assure you that we will defeat Boko Haram by the end of this year,” he said while discussing the military cooperation between the two countries with his host.

He made a similar comment  when he administered the Oath of Office on newly appointed service chiefs two weeks later.

“You need to brace up and continue to team up with other stakeholders to come up with a well-coordinated joint effort which will bring a desired end to these insurgencies within three months,” Mr. Buhari said during the State House ceremony on August 13, 2015.

A screengrab taken on May 12, 2014, from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by AFP shows girls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. Boko Haram released a new video on claiming to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls, alleging they had converted to Islam and would not be released until all militant prisoners were freed. A total of 276 girls were abducted on April 14 from the northeastern town of Chibok, in Borno state, which has a sizeable Christian community. Some 223 are still missing. AFP PHOTO / BOKO HARAM RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / BOKO HARAM" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
A screengrab taken on May 12, 2014, from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by AFP shows girls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. Boko Haram released a new video on claiming to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls, alleging they had converted to Islam and would not be released until all militant prisoners were freed. A total of 276 girls were abducted on April 14 from the northeastern town of Chibok, in Borno state, which has a sizeable Christian community. Some 223 are still missing. AFP PHOTO / BOKO HARAM
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The declaration earned Mr. Buhari the ire of Nigerians and a few security experts from other countries at the time.

Among those who questioned the wisdom in Mr. Buhari’s statement was a former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon.

“I can tell you this, nobody can really talk about when any particular operation is going to end,” Mr. Gowon said. “And as a (former) commander-in- chief, I know this.

“Yes, you can say you target a particular time, but it may finish before that time or it may go slightly beyond. To end it, that is the most important thing.”

But rather than yield to calls for caution, the administration encouraged military chiefs to make public statements about their readiness to beat the deadline as suggested by the president.

“We are currently working on the December deadline by re-addressing our strategies to ensure that we meet the target,” the Chief of Defence Staff, Gabriel Olonisakin, said on October 7, 2015.

Meanwhile, Boko Haram continued its onslaught across the Northeast, where over 50 attacks left hundreds dead and properties worth billions of naira destroyed between August 1 and December 31, 2015.

In December, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said Mr. Buhari had defeated the seven-year long insurgency within six months of assuming power.

Both Mr. Buhari, Mr. Mohammed and other officials brought the message into the new year. They ignored expert opinions and were usually quick to dismiss Boko Haram attacks as desperate tactics by the group’s remnant.

When he played host to the President of Germany, Joachim Gauck, on February 12, Mr. Buhari made another victory claim.

“What they have resorted to is using improvised explosive devices to cause maximum casualties on soft targets as they did yesterday, doing what they are capable of doing now,” Mr. Buhari said. “But for them to organize conventional attacks on military, police installations and take hold towns, I think they are not able to do that.”

From January till now, Mr. Buhari had managed to repeat the claims at meetings with foreign leaders.

The Facts

But daily realities showed that the victory claims are not only premature but also exaggerated as our partner found in the previous work cited above.

Abubakar Shekau in new video
Abubakar Shekau in new video

Within the last two weeks alone, the media has been awash with reports of intensified activities of Boko Haram across the Northeast

On September 17, the United Nations found that more than two million people are still held in areas controlled by the sect.

The BBC also reported this week that the insurgents had run over settlements and unfurled their flag.

In a September 25 attack, at least four soldiers were fatally wounded by Boko Haram during a gun battle.

Attacks on military outposts and a town near Chibok were also reported within the last two weeks.

Although what counts as ‘victory’ remains vague, but Mr. Buhari offered a compromise during his inaugural speech on May 29 that he seemed to have long abandoned.

“The command centre will be relocated to Maiduguri and remain until Boko Haram is completely subdued,” Mr. Buhari said. “But we cannot claim to have defeated Boko Haram without rescuing the Chibok girls and all other innocent persons held hostage by insurgents.”

The sect showed in one of at least three videos it released within the last six weeks that the girls are still in captivity.

By Mr. Buhari’s own target, therefore, the administration cannot claim to have defeated Boko Haram “without rescuing the Chibok girls.”

Also, the Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, whom the military claimed had been killed, also appeared in a latest video, threatening to attack the president and more cities.

The administration’s concerted attempts at pronouncing victory over Boko Haram seems like a strategy aimed at allaying the fears of rural dwellers – since government’s messages are usually carried on radio unchallenged.

However, the fact that the president personally defined what constitutes victory against Boko Haram  on the day he was sworn in even makes the repeated claims of triumph over the sect doubtful.


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  • Isi Agwo

    To claim that Buhari is a LIAR, as this report does, is like telling us that morning comes before noon – the obvious. Does PT hope that a man who joined Nigeria Army officer ranks on false academic records, became a major general, head of state and currently Nigeria’s president on the same basis, can suddenly become truthful and a man of integrity?

    • Haba Mallam

      he got 15.000.000 votes and beat Mr PhD who run the most corrupt regime in the history of mankind, a dummy from the delta who committed human right abuses and a coward who hide and drink all night. Nigeria sai BABA to hell with both you and PT

      • Ken

        It seems GEJ frustrated your attempt to make it. GEJ is the best president that Nigeria has ever produced. Check all the indices and truthfully post. Buhari is a Dullard and has ruined Nigeria

        • haba mallam

          you can move to Gabon or Cameroun because the incompetence is still going on in the states like Bayelsa after collecting 13% deprivation you still cannot pay workers salaries, bunch of dummies, please keep on bursting the pipelines and pollute the entire delta the remaining ones that survive will be wipe out by the army and peace yo! peace in Nigeria after decimating your population.

          • Teflonjones

            You should be sexually assaulting your cows this moment.

          • Ken

            It is obvious that you are not ready for the truth. I believe you pretend not to know the massive looting by Tinubu in Lagos. You won’t see how Fashola drained Lagos. These persons are chronic thieves. Niger Delta has been feeding Nigeria for more than 50 years now. During the First Republic; all the Region’s fend for themselves. Continue to gloat!

        • haba mallam

          sai baba

          • Otile

            sia barbarian

      • George

        Mallams are devils and good in lying.

        Who is boko haram killing pls keep on deceiving yourself a group of bastard lairs mumu northerners.

      • vagabonds in power

        @wahala———We saw how Buhari imported 5 year old kids from Mali–Chad–Niger Republic and Senegal to vote for him——in all the K states in the North—-Kano–Kaduna Kwara ati Kogi states respectively————-They were shown on CNN for the entire world to see———-Kano alone registered 1.9m voters———————–All the 1.9m electorated were cleared by INEC to vote for Buhari–Not one of them reported sick———-That was why the REC in Kano was burnt alive together with his children and wife———— by Fulani Boko Haram fighters-and cowhands—————Now u understand why Buhari can never fix the economy—-It is a spiritual issue———given the over 1,000 9jas and 11 youth corpers he also killed in 2011–He is supposed to be chained and sent to the ICC in the Hague———-For—that rotten luciferic soul of his has too much blood dripping down his stinking–smelly Doggy Fulani soul———————

      • vagabonds in power

        @wahala———We saw how Buhari imported 5 year old kids from Mali–Chad–Niger Republic and Senegal to vote for him——in all the K states in the North—-Kano–Kaduna Kwara ati Kogi states respectively————-They were shown on CNN for the entire world to see———-Kano alone registered 1.9m voters———————–All the 1.9m electorates were cleared by INEC to vote for Buhari-and the Apes in APC-Not one of them reported sick———-That was why the REC in Kano was burnt alive together with his children and wife———— by Fulani Boko Haram fighters-and cowhands—————Now u understand why Buhari can never fix the economy—-It is a spiritual issue———given the over 1,000 9jas and 11 youth corpers he also led Fulani cowhands- to kill in the post election riot in 2011-Bingo Buhari, is supposed to be chained and sent to the ICC in the Hague–for trial——–For—that rotten luciferic soul of his has too much blood dripping down his stinking–smelly Doggy Fulani soul———————

        • longben

          This person you replied to is DEFINITELY not Holy Wahala!!!! Wahala has more common-sense in his little pinky than that person in his entire body.

          • haba mallam

            you can move to Gabon or Cameroun because the incompetence is still
            going on in the states like Bayelsa after collecting 13% deprivation you
            still cannot pay workers salaries, bunch of dummies, please keep on
            bursting the pipelines and pollute the entire delta the remaining ones
            that survive will be wipe out by the army and peace yo! peace in Nigeria
            after decimating your population.

        • haba mallam

          nIGERIA chai baba

    • separation is the answer-

      Soon Liar Mohamed would send a Press Release to lier to us that One director has been fired for the mistakes and lies diescovered in his Speech—–to the Nation on Oct 1st————–Again brother-me———Ask them for me—as certificate forger will continue to lie until he goes 6 feet down–The man is never sure of himself—–Every fly from the village of Jonathan and Tompolo–are seen as enemies–which must be chased and killed by Fulani ati Yoruba soldiers of fortune—in the Niger Delta—Separation is the only way out————–

    • separation is the answer-

      Soon Liar Mohamed would send a Press Release to the progandist of the Apes in APC in the media–that One director has been fired for the mistakes and lies discovered in his Speech—–to the Nation on Oct 1st————–Again brother-me———Ask them for me—as certificate forger will continue to lie until he goes 6 feet down–The man is never sure of himself—–Every fly from the village of Jonathan and Tompolo–are seen as enemies–which must be chased and killed by Fulani ati Yoruba soldiers of fortune—in the Niger Delta—Separation is the only way out——–Not the rule of Fulani Buhari–

  • Vagabonds in Power

    The many lies of Buhari exposed

    An Analysis of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Lies in the 56th Independence Day Anniversary Broadcast

    These are the preliminary list of lies from President Buhari’s 2016 Independence Day Speech. More may be exposed as I detect them.

    President Buhari lied when he said only ₦400 million was voted for housing in 2014. A total of ₦12,888,821,003 was allocated.

    Even the salary of the staff of the housing ministry is above ₦400 million. President Buhari should be above lying.

    President Buhari lied when he said Nigeria was ‘a pariah’ under GEJ. Then British Prime Minister, David Cameron and incumbent German Chancellor, Angela Merkel do not visit pariah countries. They and many others visited Nigeria under Jonathan.

    President Buhari lied by saying ‘Investors from all over are falling over themselves to come do business in Nigeria’. The reverse is true. According to Bloomberg, the divestment of foreign investors from Nigeria is unprecedented. Not only are foreign investors fleeing Nigeria faster than jets (an exaggeration on my part to demonstrate pun as airlines use jets) no fewer than 5 foreign airlines have left Nigeria. Don’t take my word for it. Google it yourself.

    President Buhari lied when he said only ₦12 billion went to roads in 2015. Between 2014 and 2015 SURE-P Government intervention spent over ₦70 billion on roads. Please again Google this by yourself.

    President Buhari did not say the whole truth when he claims to have generated 5000MWs. He conveniently forgot to mention that those power stations were built by Jonathan and other PDP leaders. President Buhari has not built even one station. This is sheer dishonesty!

    President Buhari lied when he claimed ‘nothing was saved during years of prosperity’. He inherited over $30 Billion in reserves and savings from Jonathan.

    As President Buhari was busy condemning Jonathan he didn’t tell you he borrowed ₦2.2 Trillion in a year. That’s the only major area of the economy where he beats Jonathan.

    In conclusion, President Buhari’s Independence Day speech contained so many lies, exaggerations and inaccuracies. Need I remind the President that lying is corruption

  • Man_Enough

    Biafra was defeated over 20 years ago, yet they are still regrouping and causing Nigeria problems. History shows there is no total victory in war. Check out all the efforts on terrorism all over the world. Victory is only relative.

    • reposted by popular demand

      @Man_Enough:disqus

      Lies on Boko Haram make BUHARI look as crooked as…

      When he then chooses to
      walk away from where he says he stands on principle, President Buhari looks worse
      dubious. I think President Buhari began to look like a weak and confused leader
      when he lost sense on the Bukola Saraki case. To me, that was the moment
      Nigerians lost hope in President Buhari and wrote him off. I cannot imagine a
      reasonable person going to a mosque to pray with accused criminal beside him. I
      cannot imagine someone serious, like Obama, going to pray in church and sitting
      next to an accused criminal.

      When I saw the photo of President Buhari praying to Allah, and sitting
      next to Bukola Saraki, I was sure that Allah will never answer any prayer both
      of them were saying because Allah hates deceit and hypocrisy. A man who wants
      to fight corruption does not do the sort of nonsense President Buhari is doing
      and looking like sheep or giraffe with a long neck.

  • Facto!

    Editor Premium Times,

    Which 14 local governments were under Boko Haram on 29th of May, 2015?

    Premium Times did well here to insist that truth must henceforth be the standard for governing Nigeria.
    Lies beget thefts and both beget economic recession. But Premium Times made a belated call because
    too many lies had been told by President Buhari which the Premium Times either missed or overlooked.

    President Buhari LIED throughout the year 2015 that Boko Haram controlled 14 local governments in
    Nigeria as at May 29th, 2015 when Buhari took his oath of office as a newly-elected president of Nigeria.
    No military officer in Nigeria will fail to curse out for such brazen lies.

    The truth is that between February
    and April 2015, the Nigerian Army and the Air Force liberated almost all the local governments except
    one remotely abutting Cameroon with a long un-patrolled borders extending through hills into bushes.
    There were no 14 local governments in Nigeria under the control of Boko Haram on 29th of May 2015.

    • O’ Jose

      ………..My people……it’s not looking good O……Buhari is losing goodwill very fast……
      ….more than he’s gaining it…..and now…after 15 months…..he has negatives ……
      ………..numbering enough to write a book……….from his blunders overseas…..to this
      …huge suspicion… that he’s another Fulani Islamist hegemonist and northern tribalist……
      ……….but, that’s a smelly body odor to carry around…….if it also includes…… as it does…..
      …….jumping the window of parliament to forge appropriation bills…….. and merely winking….
      …at the genocide of Shiite Muslims… …..and winking at the murders committed daily……..
      ………………….by rifle-bearing mad and maddening Fulani herdsmen……………

    • Burbank

      Hitler was defeated in 1945, but his Nazi ideology and white supremacists are still killing blacks even in USA today !

  • Factsay

    Buhari even lies to himself

  • Commentsfile..!!!

    BH was an issue before Buhari came into office..but
    today the only issue when it comes to BH activities
    are the Chibok girls. The Chibok girls are BH`s last
    card, they cant play it now because any day those
    Girls are out of their custody, the destruction that will
    rain through that sambisa forest will not be an easy one
    which they know! stop Blaming Buhari and the Military,
    precautionary measures are being taken to bring back
    those girls alive which is the wish of most Nigerians and
    other Global sympathizers.. There is nothing done in
    a hurry that is well done. Buhari understands this!

    • Otile

      Is this your gut feeling or are you inside Imam Buhari’s kitchen cabinet? Why are you saying things like this?

      • Commentsfile..!!!

        I know because unwise people like you who
        use all their energy to destroy will never have
        any remaining to rebuild, Buhari is wiser…

        • Otile

          Don’t say that Imam Buhari is wiser because deceitful cunning is not wisdom. It only brings perdition to the deceiver.

        • Burbank

          It’s ok.
          @otile the bigot is still wailing since Mar 28, 2015.

          • Otile

            Why do you ass-licking hailers call people wailers?

          • Burbank

            Look in your mirror, wailer bigot!

          • Otile

            Ass-licking hailer. Shout – Sai Barbarian, oya.

          • that could mean at least 4 things..

      • Burbank

        To put bigots like you into silence.

        • Otile

          ISIS agent,
          Are back from unholy hajj?

          • Burbank

            Alhaji Dokubo Asari is still there? Or already fled to Cotonou?
            Racist bigot.

  • Zy

    The president is right, political boko haram has been defeated. That’s why they don’t have the capacity to explode bombs anywhere, their political collaborators no longer provide the hudge logistics support and that’s why the president said they have technically defeated Bokoharam. What we have left are real Bokoharam fighters that have refused to accept that the objective has been met.

    • Otile

      What objective was met, using them to put Buhari in power? Buhari cannot deceitfully ride on their back to power and leave them woe betide. These are devout Muslims.

      • Burbank

        Like those “devout Muslims” in Zaria which Buratai wiped out when they attacked the COAS convoy.

        • Otile

          What then is your point? The Hague awaits Buhari and his criminal henchmen eventually. Charles Taylor’s minions never believed their god would be captured alive.

          • Burbank

            And biafrans bigots thought that Gowon will not suceed to defeat Ojukwu.

          • Otile

            Murderer gowon did not defeat Biafra, Britain used him to fight Biafra, and you know it.

          • Burbank

            “Biafra hereby ceased to exist”
            Philip Effiong, Jan 12, 1970.

          • Otile

            Imam Olodo will soon run Nigeria out of existence. He has already started by selling off Nigeria assets.

  • haba mallam

    NIGERIA SAI BABA

    • Otile

      Najeriya sai babarian

  • Cheicheichei

    @disqus_7diByJYaGM:disqus: Look, look, look. I love Muhamadu Buhari too much.
    Even if Buhari is a fumbler we should accept him just like he is. That’s all.
    He is 74 years old. Do you expect 74 year old man to be sharp and smart? No! He must be slow
    and sluggish, like tortoise. So we must accept what we voted for. Even if Buhari lied too much on
    everything just to look good, did he wear mask during campaign? Did Nigerians not see how he is?
    Even if Buhari told lies that he had Wasc in 1961, did But Buhari tell any lies that he is slow and dull?

    • Burbank

      How old was Mandela when he ruled South Africa?
      76 years.

      • ed

        Please don’t compare Buhari Jihardist to Mandela.

        • Burbank

          PDP boss Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff or Alhaji Ahmed Makarfi then.

  • Höly Wähala

    “On September 17, the United Nations found that more than two million people are still held in areas controlled by the sect. The BBC also reported this week that the insurgents had run over settlements and unfurled their flag.” – PT

    @Premium Times…
    Boko Haram are not holding two million people hostage, they may have displaced up to that number but both you guys and the United Nations are dead wrong if the above is not a typo… there is no need for a windy report and fact-checking, President Buhari in an APC rally at Owerri, Imo State, clearly set the yardstick when he said this… ” We cannot claim to have defeated Boko Haram without rescuing the Chibok girls and all other innocent persons held hostage by insurgents.” So, why not remind career liar, Alhj. Lai Mohammed next time he or his boss go about running their deceitful mouths about having defeated the insrugents? The only fact in the matter is our Chibok Girls are still being held hostage. Shikena!

  • Cleartruth

    It’s official : PT has finally confirmed that dictator buhari is a chronic liar.

  • thusspokez

    “On Security, we have made progress. Boko Haram was defeated by last December – only resorting to cowardly attacks on soft targets, killing innocent men, women and children.”

    Of course! Buhari also defeated the recession last year. The Nigerian economy is now only resorting to cowardly attacks on soft targets. i.e., poor people and school leavers; and driving some of them to commit suicide.

    • Burbank

      Recession also hit Belgium, Russia, Iceland, Spain, Portugal , Taiwan and about a dozen other advanced economy and Buhari is to blame too !

      • thusspokez

        Pay attention:The comment only referred to the Nigerian economy.

        • Burbank

          Half the world is in recession and you can only see Nigeria’s.

          • Otile

            Bla bla bla until Buhari Recession becomes depression.

          • Commentsfile..!!!

            to tell you the type of people Buhari is fighting
            to save their ass, Unbelievable..!

          • Otile

            Go to Belgium today you don’t feel any recession but come to Nigeria you fell depression.

          • thusspokez

            [I repeat] Pay attention:The comment only referred to the Nigerian economy.

      • Otile

        That recession hit Belgium, Russia, Iceland, Spain, Portugal and Taiwan is no consolation for Nigeria, after all Nigeria does not offer her poor citizens welfare support that those countries offer. Recession brings misery and death to Nigerians, so your comparison is off the wall.

        • Commentsfile..!!!

          so if you can achieve everything without the Govt.
          why do you till moan? since you know that Nigeria is
          not like the countries you mentioned.

          • Otile

            Your co-traveler Burbank is the one moaning. He is the one that went off the track making illogical comparisons.

    • Commentsfile..!!!

      Stop the insult.. its not only poor people that
      commits suicide, rich people does too..
      there is still life, dignity and respect when
      your mindset is not build on blames games,
      which will lead low spirited individuals to
      take their life the day they have no body
      else to blame for their failure.. Buhari is
      not denying recession and would never
      manipulate the economy to cover it like
      the last administration did with their voodoo
      rebasing..

      • AISHA HALLIBURTON

        goat, still blaming last administration after 2 years, get a life, pls

  • Burbank

    Gone are the days when Boko Haram can over-run Baga and claimed it as their capital. Or attacked army garrison with impunity.

    Bush claimed that the war against terror was “Mission Accomplished” in 2003 !

    • Otile

      Nigerians do not identify with your Bush “Mission Accomplished” allegory. Illiterate Imam Buhari is no Bush.

  • Sule Garba

    I am surprised with this fact checking comments of PT. The Borno governor was in Bama for week supervising the reconstruction of buildings destroyed by BH, he is right known in Gowza doing the same thing. When last did PT here any bomb exploding. PT should do more of investigative journalism and stop coating from secondary sources for information.

    • Tommy

      The chiboks girls rescue marks the defeat of Boko Haram, according to Buhari.

      So please where r d chibok girls today?

  • Sule Garba

    PT should do a fact checking on itself. Boko haram have defected whether you people like it or not.

  • Ichoku Konyesilifu Efoagui

    We are often copycats but too lazy to imitate and copy correctly. FACT CHECK is a new fad in Nigerian journalism, it seems. When you fact-check, you verify a given claim against a proven and verifiable fact which validates or nullifies the claim. You do not fact-check one debatable subjective opinion or assertion against another. What is the yardstick for measuring “defeat” of Boko haram? Until we agree on one empirical measuring yardstick , you cannot properly fact-check Buhari’s claim. Those who copy jargons should be sure to use them appropriately .

    • blueeyedkitten

      best comment.

  • Arabakpura

    PT just made itself a lazy copycat!

  • Otams Princewill

    It’s such a shame to see journalism being cannibalized as such. Now what is the substance of this story? You can the rot and disdain in the hearts of men against progress and change. But I’m glad PMB and knowledgeable people don’t give a care about your shameful attitude.

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  • ayobamiba

    The worst thing that can happen to any nation is to have a buhari as the President, buhari is like the ten plagues suffered by the Egypt under pharaoh combined .only 18 months on the saddle and Nigeria is completely down like a dead Fulani cow. The only event happening in Nigeria today is the bloating, shouts of agony,hissing, lamentation and cries of excruciating pain of citizens of Nigeria because of buharis selfish,clannish, cunning crafty,satanic oppression .may curse be upon those who contributed in any way to bring this calamitous ineptitude on Nigeria. My solace is that one day the buhari tsunami shall be over.may God never allow buhari to do irreversible damage to Nigeria .

    • Marcus Ijele

      Amen.

  • blueeyedkitten

    “They ignored expert opinions” Experts? Who are the experts here premium times? You journalists? Lol!
    Its very easy sitting behind your PC”s and claiming to be experts on security issues. What bunch of jesters!
    Well done security einsteins!

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  • Marcus Ijele

    That Buhari lies unrestricted is not a news. That trait is in born in him. His appetite for lying is sine qua non. It is always like where a race horse drinks water after a race. Uncontrollably.

  • marc umeh

    Defeating BH is a daunting task . The president is tasked with encouraging the military and the citizens . But self- deception is no encouragment. BH is a movement that thrives in the community they inhabit . Faithful supporters numbering in the hundreds in the NE and other neighbouring countries are actively aiding and harboring BH. They provide the oxygen for the insurgency.
    I see this as continuing for years to come. The tragedy is that money for development of schools , hospitals etc are now being diverted. They are going down this sinkhole called insurgency.