B/Haram won’t last beyond Dec – FG
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.