B/Haram won’t last be­yond Dec – FG

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari has re­as­sured that the Boko Haram in­sur­gency will not last be­yond the end of this year.

He said with the greater sup­port of his gov­ern­ment in terms of im­proved train­ing, equip­ment, lo­gis­tics and wel­fare, the Nige­rian Armed Forces were now well-po­si­tioned to meet the De­cem­ber dead­line given to them to end the in­sur­gency.

Pres­i­dent Buhari was speak­ing at the Aso Rock Pres­i­den­tial Villa in Abuja yesterday while re­ceiv­ing the Com­man­der of United States Africa Com­mand, Gen­eral David Ro­driguez.

He said he was fully con­fi­dent that by the end of this year, the abil­ity of the Boko Haram in­sur­gents to at­tack, seize, rav­age and hold any Nige­rian ter­ri­tory would have been com­pletely oblit­er­ated.

“Struc­tured at­tacks by the in­sur­gents have re­duced and by the end of the year, we should see the fi­nal rout­ing of Boko Haram as an or­gan­ised fight­ing force,” the pres­i­dent stated.

He re­stated his ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the United States gov­ern­ment’s sup­port to Nige­ria’s ef­forts to­wards de­feat­ing ter­ror­ism and in­sur­gency.

The pres­i­dent, how­ever, ap­pealed for greater co­op­er­a­tion from the United States in se­cur­ing the Gulf of Guinea through which, ac­cord­ing to him, stolen Nige­rian crude oil is shipped abroad.

Ro­driguez told Buhari that his visit was aimed at strength­en­ing the Nige­ria/ United States mil­i­tary re­la­tions.

He said he also vis­ited to ex­plore fur­ther op­tions for as­sist­ing the Multi­na­tional Joint Task Force (MNJTF) es­tab­lished by Nige­ria and her neigh­bours to fight Boko Haram.

Later while speak­ing to State House cor­re­spon­dents, Ro­driguez said the United States was work­ing with Nige­rian se­cu­rity forces on the things they needed to con­tain the in­sur­gency.

Amer­i­can Am­bas­sador to Nige­ria James En­twistle said no coun­try was do­ing more to as­sist Nige­ria in the fight against the in­sur­gency than his coun­try.

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