Published On: Fri, Feb 12th, 2016

No territory under Boko Haram – Buhari

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Buhari seeks international support for Nigeria, SyriaBy Lawrence Olaoye

President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated that the deadly and violent Boko Haram sect was not holding any local government area in the country.

Buhari who resumed work after a six-day vacation, spoke when he played host to German President, Joachim Gauck at the Presidential Villa.

The President’s assertion was contrary to the claim by Senator Baba Kaka Gabai representing Borno Central that the Boko Haram sect was still holding half of Borno State

While speaking yesterday, Buhari said the Boko Haram sect who were in control of 14 out of the 774 local governments in the country when he took over power in May last year had been degraded by the military.

“I have attempted to explain in so many fora that Boko Haram is not what it used to be. While they are firmly holding 14 out of 774 local governments when we came in, they are not holding any local government now.

“What they have resorted to is using improvised explosive devices to cause maximum casualties on soft targets as they did yesterday, doing what they are capable of doing now.

“But for them to organize conventional attacks on military, police installations and take hold towns, I think they are not able to do that. They send groups to go and kill in vulnerable targets”, Buhari said.

According to him, his administration has redoubled efforts to make sure that the people in Internally Displaced Camps (IDPs), especially children, are rehabilitated.

He explained that more than 60 per cent of the 2million people in IDPs are women and children while more than 60 per cent of them are children and more than 60 per cent of them orphaned.

“Some of them don’t know where they are from, they don’t know their parents. This is a pathetic situation the leadership of this government is facing because the least we should do is to quickly resettle those children; if possible try and identify their neighborhoods”, the President said.

Buhari commended the German government for its assistance and support to ensure the success of the last election in the country.

Speaking through an interpreter, the German President condoled with Nigeria for the recent terror attacks in the country.

While commending Buhari for his approach in the fight again Boko Haram, he pledged more support of his country towards defeat of the terrorists.

Gauck announced $15 million support for Nigerian’s joint forces with neighbouring countries to defeat the terrorists.

He called for renewal of trust and upholding the rule of law in the country, saying that Nigeria is playing an important role in the African continent.


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