While in Senegal yesterday, 6th November, President Muhammadu Buhari assured the international community that he and his administration are working hard to end the insurgency in Nigeria.
Caused by the Boko Haram terrorist groups, Nigeria has been in a state of insurgency right from the regime of Goodluck Jonathan. However, Mr. President for the umpteenth says the end of the insurgency is near.
He made this statement in Dakar during a 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, Mr. President noted 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.
Buhari highlighted the gains of the cooperation among the Lake Chad Basin Commission countries comprising Chad, Niger, Cameroon, Benin Republic and Nigeria, informing the gathering that “Boko Haram is no longer holding any territory or Local Government Area (LGA) in Nigeria. According to him, this is a major contradiction as no religion advocates hurting the innocent.
“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,’’ 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.’’
President Buhari also 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.