- President Buhari said the federal government will continue to treat Boko Haram members as bandits
- The president said his government is dedicating lots of resources to repair damaged infrastructure and rehabilitate IDPs so that they can return home
- Going further, Buhari said great progress has been made in disabusing the minds of people that the insurgency was religious
President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that remnants of Boko Haram members are bandits, and that the federal government will continue to treat them as such.
Buhari disclosed this on Tuesday, September 10, at State House, Abuja, while receiving Peter Maurer, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
According to President Buhari, “Boko Haram has been degraded, but its members are still a nuisance around Lake Chad and surrounding islands. That is why we are cooperating with Chad, Cameroon, Niger Republic, and other countries. We are also using the Air Force quite effectively. They are bandits, and we will continue to treat them as such.”
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Going further, Buhari said his government was concentrating on repairing damaged infrastructure, rehabilitation of internally displaced persons, securing their communities, so that they can return home.
“We are focusing on education and healthcare, along with rebuilding of infrastructure. The agency formerly under the leadership of Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (retd) and now headed by Major-General Paul Tarfa (retd) is quietly making an impression. We are dedicating lots of resources to the area,” he said.
President Buhari disclosed that great progress has equally been made in disabusing the minds of people that the insurgency was religious.
“How can you kill people, and say ‘God is great.’ It’s either you don’t know that God, or you don’t know what you are talking about. God is God of justice. And the people have understood the message well, so recruiting is now difficult for the insurgents,” the president said.
Boko Haram insurgents have been causing havoc in northeastern Nigeria since 2009. Thousands have lost their lives and properties worth millions have been destroyed due to insurgency.
The federal government has been making effort to curb insecurity in the country and protect the lives of its citizens.
Legit.ng had also reported that Buhari lamented that some detractors of his administration who are also enemies of the federal government, turned the issue of security in Nigeria into a political affair.
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