Boko Haram not holding any Nigerian territory – Buhari


President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said Boko Haram insurgents were no longer holding any local government area in the country, saying his administration had recaptured 14 local government areas previously controlled by the insurgents.

There had been conflicting reports that the insurgents were still controlling some local government areas in Borno State, with a senator representing Borno Central, Baba Garbai, saying the insurgents control about 50 percent of the state.

A day after Mr. Garbai’s claim, Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima, dismissed the claims, saying the insurgents were not in control of any local government in the state.

But in response to a remark by German President Joachim Gauck, at the Presidential Villa on Thursday, Mr. Buhari said as part of the successes recorded in the fight against Boko Haram by his administration, Nigerian troops had recaptured all the local government areas previously held by Boko Haram.

“It is a pity Boko haram welcomed you by explosions in Maiduguri that took so many lives, but I have attempted to explain in so many fora that Boko haram is not what it used to be.

“While they were firmly holding 14 out of 774 local governments when we came in, they are not holding any local government now.

“What they have resorted to is using improvised explosive devices to cause maximum casualties on soft targets as they did yesterday,” he said.

He added that they can no longer attack military and police formations.

According to him, the government had redoubled efforts to ensure that the people in internally displaced camps were rehabilitated.

“More than 60% of the two million people in IDPs are women and children and more than 60% of them are children, and more than 60% of the children are orphaned.

“Some of them don’t know where they are from, they don’t know their parents. This is a pathetic situation the leadership of this government is facing because the least we should is to quickly resettle those children, if possible, try and identify their neighbourhoods,” he said.

Mr. Buhari lamented that monies allocated for the purchase of military hardware were shared and pocketed by officials.

He said as part of economic plans for the country, the government was already working at diversifying Nigeria’s mono-economy, through agriculture and the exploration of the solid mineral sectors.

He thanked the German government for the help extended to ensure that the 2015 election was a success as well as their humanitarian contributions to Nigeria.

He urged Germany to support Nigeria in its bid to get a seat at the United Nations, stating that the country was qualified considering its number and position in the African region.

Speaking earlier, Mr. Gauck announced a pledge by the European Union to donate $50million to support Nigeria in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency and resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons in the country.

Mr. Gauck stated that the EU was supporting the Buhari administration’s efforts to fight the Boko Haram scourge in collaboration with the neighbouring countries and the African Union.

He added that what Germany wanted to see was a peaceful change, which was being propagated by the president.

“We as Europe will support that initiative with $50 million.

“We commend your good governance. Good governance is not possible without peace.

“Germany will support Nigeria in the fight against Boko Haram and we would continue to provide support for the displaced people on a humanitarian basis,” Mr. Gauck said.


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  • Comment

    “President Buhari’s thinking process is seriously encumbered by his inability to tolerate
    the thoughts, feelings, views and the rights of others. He is unable to understand why others
    should see things differently from him. He is at pains as to why others could not genuflect at
    his snapping of his finger. He is intellectually constricted to understand why he has to debate
    his views or his positions or why he should tolerate those who have the temerity to question his
    views or stand on anything. Buhari is already failing as a born again democrat. And from the look
    of things, “awry” is the word that describes the state of the APC and Buhari’s administration right now”.

    ………Remi Oyeyemi

    [February 11th, 2016]

    • New Nigerian

      ..and what is the state of those who stole the commonwealth through corruption and it’s equally deadly sibling of terrorism?

      • Du Covenant

        My broda this is the short-sightedness some of us are suffering from.

      • Damilola

        If we really desire a NEW NIGERIA, this is certainly not the way to go about it sir. You can’t continue with the status quo and expect a laudable results/change. Lying on every issue won’t help, displaying staunch ignorance and naivety- just to put it mildly- in the misplacement of bluntness or sincerity won’t help, using state apparatus especially the security forces to torment the people you sworn to protect won’t do us any beta. It doesn’t take a prophet or primordial to locate the fact that corruption has eaten deeper into the abyss of this state. Arresting and media trial of few won’t stop, pause neither will it rewind the drama. To clean this state of ours of corruption and impunity and seeking fair justice in Buhari’s manner and understanding, is to arrest and prosecute virtually everyone in power at one time or the oda from inception of this ” error padded forceful conglomeration of regions” as an independent state. Which is absolutely a dead case on arrival. The ones we had in the immediate can’t even be determined a decade to come. To this extent, a well meaning leader would channel his energy at blocking those corruption gaps vis a vis restructuring of the state and it’s operation. The 2014 confab hinted on this but it’s a pity it doesn’t favour the APC power mongers at that time and most especially their northern rogues. I’ve not yet seen the revolution this man is bringing that suggests any change whatsoever. It has always been the same path. OBJ created these agencies, what did he make of em? What do we have now? How did he go about his prosecutions then that is different from what we’re seeing today?… that tells us where all this is heading to from the beginning.

        • Burbank

          “I’ve not yet seen the revolution this man is bringing that suggests any change whatsoever.”

          You can’t see.

      • Burbank

        Under Buhari, thieves are prosecuted and theft is a crime.
        Under Jonathan, thieves are honoured and theft is a religion.

    • Burbank

      And the German President Joachim Gauck said to Buhari “We commend your good governance.”

      • Du Covenant

        He also said they even used illegal means to pursue their stolen commonwealth. Is Germany not one of the greatest countries on this planet today?.It is the power house of European economy!. If Nigerians want to be taken seriously, we should NEVER again celebrate corrupt public officials or bad behaviour!.

    • born Great

      You completely captures the personality of buhari. Any foriegn government that commends buhari is coming to steal Nigerias money.

  • Ayinde

    Government of Lies, by lies and for lies.
    Nigerian its good at least for a change, let us continually to delude ourselves. but there is a general saying that you can deceive some people for some of the time but not all of the people for all of the time. Time heals all wounds.
    8 months gone already. Pray it won’t be long before we wake from this slumber

    • Burbank

      Pray it won’t be long before you awake from 16 years of PDP-induced coma

  • Burbank

    “We commend your good governance.”

    Thanks to the German President Joachim Gauck, for commending our president.
    God bless Buhari.
    God bless Nigeria.

  • born Great

    When will this government stop lying to the people? Boko haram is still busy attacking villages and killing people yet for the sake of political expediency this buhari will still look us in the face and lie. He is talking about military and police formations, what a rubbish from a president. This response is below kindergarten. ?

  • born Great

    When will this government stop lying to the people? Boko haram is still busy attacking villages and killing people yet for the sake of political expediency this buhari will still look us in the face and lie. He is talking about military and police formations, what a rubbish from a president. This response is below kindergarten. ?

  • ed

    The 11th commandment: Thou shall not deceive thee self,
    President Buhari just did,

  • Ebaah Odibo

    Just recycling a Lie by Alhaji of Lais; Mohammad!


    The truth cannot be erased,it can however be postponed and the Daura man keeps running away from himself albeit that is not just possible !!