Boko Haram: We're making progress - Buhari

Boko Haram: We're making progress - Buhari

- The Boko Haram de-radicalization process is ongoing, President Buhari has said

- Speaking with President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, Buhari said suicide bombing is becoming rare

- He added that Nigeria was now safer than it used to be

President Muhammadu Buhari said Nigeria is making progress in the Boko Haram de-radicalization process.

In a statement signed by the president’s special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, Buhari noted that advances being made against Boko Haram insurgents go beyond degradation through just force of arms.

Boko Haram: We're making progress - Buhari
President Buhari at the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly

Buhari noted that the security situation in Nigeria is now very much better and conducive, while assuring existing and potential investors in Nigeria of adequate protection of their lives, investments and property.

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The president made this known on Monday, September 19, at a bilateral meeting with President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, in New York, on the sidelines of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

"The de-radicalization process is also going on, and we are achieving some measure of success. Even suicide bombing is becoming rare, as the local people are themselves rejecting indoctrination by the insurgents," he said.

Buhari added that the nation was making efforts to diversify the economy.

He also said Nigeria was willing to collaborate with South African businessmen especially in the areas of mining and agriculture, for the mutual benefit of the two countries.

On his part, President Zuma said he was interested in the promotion of economic and trade partnerships between the two countries.

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Buhari had another bilateral meeting with President Macky Sall of Senegal. At the meeting, both presidents expressed happiness at the good cropping season being experienced in their countries as it portends bumper harvests. This will ultimately translate into an enhancement of the quality of lives of the people.

Also, they concluded that political leaders in the country need to make sacrifices to guarantee peace and development of the country.

President Buhari is currently in New York, United States for the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Earlier in the day, he attended the opening of high level plenary meeting on addressing movements of refugees and migrants at the UN headquarters.


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