Boko Haram membership thinning out - President Buhari

Boko Haram membership thinning out - President Buhari

- President Buhari has updated Nigerians on the state of Boko Haram insurgency in the country

- The president declared that the insurgents are now finding it more difficult to recruit people

- He said the army is also not making it easy for them to grow, with more intelligence, orientation and regular measured onslaught on their camps

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, February 13, declared that the existence of Boko Haram terrorism is gradually drawing to an end, with the narrowing of the recruitment base of the insurgents, and renewed onslaught by the Nigerian army.

Guardian reports that the President Buhari made this known when he received the Letter of Credence of Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy See to Nigeria, Most Rev. Archbishop Antonio Guido Filipazzi, at the State House, Abuja.

According to him, ''You can’t indoctrinate people who are below the age of 14 years and blow up churches, mosques, markets and you keep shouting God is great.

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''It is either you don’t know what you are saying, or you simply don’t care or believe what you are saying. It is part of our success story that Boko Haram is finding it more difficult to recruit people.

''The Nigerian Army is also not making it easy for them to grow, with more intelligence, orientation and regular, the measured onslaught on their camps.''

The President said the ongoing effort to dismember the terrorist group and render it completely powerless will be intensified.

President Buhari, who described the Catholic Church as a strong partner in the development of Nigeria, noted that the church had made very significant contributions to the development of the educational and health system of the country.

On corruption, the President said the fight against the culture of pilfering public funds would be prolonged and would require a new orientation by re-positioning the entire educational system.

He added: ''I am pleased that the African Union has spoken out boldly against corruption and appreciated the work that we are doing here.''

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In his remarks, the Archbishop Filipazzi said the Holy Father, Pope Francis, had taken a keen interest in the fight against terrorism, corruption and reviving of the Nigerian economy.

He said: ''President, the Holy Father, sends his warm greetings and he is keen to denounce corruption everywhere.’’

The Apostolic Nuncio said he had travelled to the North East and was pleased with the efforts of the Nigerian Army in tackling the insurgents, and recovering some of the earlier lost grounds.

President Buhari also received Letters of Credence from the Ambassador of Niger to Nigeria, Mr Alat Mogaskia and the High Commissioner of Ghana, Alhaji Rashid Bawa.

Meanwhile, had reported that President Buhari received letter of credence from Alhaji Rashid Bawa, Ghana’s High Commissioner-Designate to Nigeria in the Statehouse.

This was expected to improve the relations between Nigeria and Ghana. Letters of credence was a formal document accrediting a diplomatic officer to a foreign court or government.

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