UPDATED: We have beaten Boko Haram, Buhari insists

Boko Haram militants [Photo: Independent.ie]

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday reiterated his administration’s stance that the Boko Haram terror group has been defeated.

The president spoke in his New Year broadcast to Nigerians.

“We have since beaten Boko Haram,” he said.

The president’s statement appears a continuation of his controversial declaration in December 2015 that the insurgent group has been “technically defeated”. Since Mr. Buhari made the statement, hundreds of Nigerians have been killed in suicide attacks, and coordinated attacks on communities in the North-east region.

On Monday, the president, however, said he was aware there were still “isolated” attacks by the terror group.

“Isolated attacks still occur, but even the best-policed countries cannot prevent determined criminals from committing terrible acts of terror as we have seen during the past years in Europe, Asia, Middle East, elsewhere in Africa and in America,” he said.

Despite the president’s claims, however, governors in the country recently approved the withdrawal of $1 billion to fight Boko Haram.

The federal government later explained that the money was meant to not only fight the terror group, but also address other security concerns across the country.

That planned expenditure has however been criticised, including by Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti who questioned how such money would be used to fight a ‘defeated’ group.

On Monday, Mr Buhari said that despite the security challenges being experienced across the country, the law enforcement agencies are working round the clock to secure lives and properties in line with his government campaign promises.

“Our government remains determined to protect all Nigerians in line with our election pledge and promises. On behalf of all Nigerians let me offer our thanks to the Armed forces, the Police, other para-military forces and traditional authorities who are working round the clock to ensure that you and I go about our normal business in reasonable safety.

“Terrorism and urban crimes are world-wide phenomena and our security forces are continuously adapting their responses to changing threats.

“With regard to rampant cases of kidnappings, we are taking immediate short-term measures to combat this new evil creeping into our societies. Tighter police methods and swift and severe punishment for those proved to be engaged in kidnapping are on the way.

“With respect to Niger Delta, Government is still engaging responsible leadership of the Communities to help in identifying and addressing genuine grievances of the region. Our clean-up programme in collaboration with the United Nations is making satisfactory progress.

“I am grateful to all the Governors and other Political & Community leaders of the Niger Delta States for their part in bringing relative peace to the areas,” he said.


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  • MP-001* [Joint Chief]

    “No nation can be governed this way. Any time they are pushed to offer an explanation, they lie. If they lie through their teeth, then you know they cannot be believed. Anybody who continues to lie in the process of governing a people looses the right to be believed that is why nobody believes this government.” – Mallam Junaid Mohammed

    • Liberty

      Junaid Mohammed’s interest, we all know, is parochial and self-serving.

      Except an opinion is subjective, oppressive and divisive as Junaid Muhammed’s, it should not venerate or give admirable references to Junaid Muhammed and his unpatriotic thoughts.

      • Okakuoofbenin

        Unpatriotic thoughts my ass!! He was a patriot when he was criticisng Jonathan abi? Your braindead president is obviously pursueing a northern agenda. He just re-echoed what the useless governor of Borno state and northern parasites in the senate said recently that they are against restructuring. But something you guys should remember according to JFK “Those who make peaceful changes impossible, make violent changes inevitable”

  • Justice and Fairness

    Dear Compatriots, particularly the farmers. Please brace up. You have heard your president’s New year message and the LOUD SILENCE on his murderous Fulani Herdsmen Kinsmen. Please appeal to your respective State Governors, especially those who have not taken any action so far, to do the legal and peaceful needful.Pass an Anti-grazing Law and back it up with determined action with the active support of the oppressed farmers and poor villagers. Your destiny is now firmly in your hands. You’ve seen the clear B

  • Demented buhari.

    Really,so d £1b is 4 their burials.Shithari, u are a complete waste of space.

  • NoPeaceInOurTime

    What then is the controversial US$1 billion for fighting Boko Haram for?

    • Olatubosun

      Read what he said…..

      • Bassey Frank

        What did he say?

      • Otile

        Are going continue with your buffoonery this year? Grow up_idiot.

        • Julius

          And I’ll bet that you are going to continue with your wasted hatred this year…you are already grown and set in your ways. I’m gonna go by the adage that you can’t teach an old DOG a new trick. Keep on keeping on !

  • Olatubosun

    The previous administration put us into this mess….
    Thank God that Bokoharam has been defeated

    • Bassey Frank

      The previous administration put you into this mess, and Buhari said any fight against Boko Haram is a fight against the North (December 2013). You are a Desert Baboon. I am happy nemesis is dealing with them all.

      • Okakuoofbenin

        Don’t mind the demented baboon follower of a deadbrain president.

    • MP-001* [Joint Chief]

      You and your gang are back lol… Automated Clowns

  • Bassey Frank

    So, the $1 billion from Excess Crude Account is for your re-election bid, as Gov. Ayo Fayose said?

  • thusspokez

    President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday reiterated his administration’s stance that the Boko Haram terror group has been defeated.

    Buhari is either fed lies by his advisers and military generals or he is deluded.