End of Boko Haram in sight, Buhari assures international community

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

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in Dakar, Senegal, assured the international community that the end of Boko Haram terrorists was in sight.

The President gave the assurance at the meeting of a panel of heads of states at the 3rd Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa.

In a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Tuesday in Abuja, the President also assured the international community that the security situation in Nigeria had improved significantly.

President Buhari noted with delight the increased cooperation between Nigeria and its neighbours in the fight against terrorism.

“About a month ago, I spoke with the President of Chad and I was pleased that a number of Chadians and Nigerians that were Boko Haram members are surrendering to him en-masse.

“The good news I have is that the end of the raining season has come in the North-Eastern region of Nigeria.

“Members of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) are in their respective positions and at an agreed time they will move simultaneously and spontaneously for us to see the end of Boko Haram.

“We are now operating in the Sambisa Forest and as far as Boko Haram is concerned in the Lake Chad Basin area, I think they are done for,’’ the President added.

While highlighting the gains of the cooperation among the Lake Chad Basin Commission countries comprising Chad, Niger, Cameroon, Benin Republic and Nigeria, Mr. Buhari told the gathering that “Boko Haram is no longer holding any territory or Local Government Area (LGA) in Nigeria.

“Those who live in the North East know that Boko Haram is no longer holding a single territory in the 774 LGAs in Nigeria.

 “But they have a system of using IEDs and they indoctrinate mostly teenage girls and send them to soft targets, to churches, mosques and market places. That too is becoming very rear.

 “I think Boko Haram shot themselves in the foot when they gave their ideology a religious connotation by killing children in their schools, people in the mosque and churches and shouting Allahu Akbar.’’

 According to him, this is a major contradiction as no religion advocates hurting the innocent.

He said:“You can’t kill people and say Allahu Akbar. You either do not know what you are saying or you don’t believe it.”

The President stated that Nigeria was capable of surmounting its security challenges, and appealed to the international community to focus more attention on addressing piracy in the Gulf of Guinea and unemployment in Nigeria.

“In the southern part of the country, stolen Nigerian crude is being illegally transported through the Gulf of Guinea and installations offshore are being subverted.

“We also have the problem of unemployment in Nigeria. With a population of 180 million people of which 65 per cent are under the age of 35, young Nigerians are looking for any kind of job to survive.’’

He said that the present administration is addressing the problem of youth unemployment by turning to agriculture and solid minerals “because we are lucky to be blessed with arable land, water and resources.”

(NAN)


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  • Otile

    Buhari is trickish, he used the first 6 months of his rule to amass wealth. He hired no ministers, no oversight, no accountants, nothing. He used that rare opportunity to pay his relatives, made himself super rich, and finally positioned himself for the inevitable, the impending danger, the economic collapse of the nation. Today the country is in economic meltdown and imam Buhari is telling people that things will get better. Imam, o Imam, what are we going to do with you?

    • Burbank

      ” Imam, o Imam, what are we going to do with you?”

      Imam Alhaji Dokubo Asari is doing well in Cotonou, after abandoning biafrans that were banned by Nyesom Wike.

    • kinsly

      Complete bunkum comments as usual.

      • Otile

        Yours is the real bunkum. You know nothing, and have nothing to contribute.

  • how is this when you just wrote he was arrested?? lol

    • Burbank

      Boko Haram sponsor founder Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff is a NOT arrested, but in Rivers State, instructing Nyesom Wike to continue the ban on biafrans.

      • Solomon Brown

        There you go again making outrageous claims with no evidence to back it up.

  • Burbank

    May peace and security returns to the NE soon
    God bless Nigeria.

  • evidence

    Rainy season again?!
    Didn’t he say this last year?

  • Solomon Brown

    The double speak coming from this admin is depressing. Few months ago the technical defeat of boko Harman was circulated in the press and by top government officials, now the president goes to Senegal with a different message entirely.

    What then are we suppose to believe? The Nigerian press is failing at its job, by not asking the tough questions and the DSS is busy running around going after judges, when they should disguise and infiltrate these terrorists, gather intelligence in collaboration with the military and blow these a’holes to extinction. Ha!