Despite Boko Haram’s renewed bombings and attacks in some parts of the country, President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday boasted that the insurgent group is no longer a ‘threat’ to his administration’s development programmes.
Buhari made this statement through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, while speaking at a bilateral meeting he had with the Emir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hammad Al-Thani.
Although the president admitted that the group’s activities had led to loss of many lives and displacement of innocent people in the country, he however affirmed that since his resumption of office in May 2015, the sect has been systematically destroyed.
“Nigeria is a victim of terrorism. It is with heavy heart that I stand before you and say activities of Boko Haram have led to loss of many lives and displacement of innocent people in our dear nation.We, however, take pride to inform you that since our coming to power, Boko Haram has been systematically decimated and are in no position to cause serious threat to our development programmes.”
He added that Nigeria identifies with the State of Qatar in all her peace efforts in the world to end terrorist activities and are with her in her efforts to fight terrorism and injustice in her region and in the world at large.
“The conflicts in Yemen and Syria with their attendant humanitarian crisis need genuine international effort to solve. Nigeria as a peace-loving country identifies with the State of Qatar in all her peace efforts in the world to end terrorist activities.
“I wish to reiterate that Nigeria rejects violence and extremism in all their ramifications, and assure your Highness that we are with the State of Qatar in your efforts to fight terrorism and injustice in your region and in the world at large.”
Although the military and the federal government had announced to the nation that the insurgents group had been defeated and driven into fall back position, the attacks of the group seem to have increased.
On Saturday, January 30,2016, no fewer than 86 persons were killed when the insurgent group attacked Dalori village, 5 kilometers (3 miles) from Maiduguri.
Similarly on February 9, two young female bombers detonated explosives at an Internally Displaced People’s (IDP) camp in the town of Dikwa, leaving about 58 people dead and many more wounded.