President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that his government’s position is that Boko Haram’s terrorism has been degraded and defeated.
He revealed that what the nation was witnessing now is “a mixture of remains of Boko Haram, runaway criminals and Islam in the Maghreb, along with the West African terrorist union.”
A statement on Tuesday night by its spokesman, Garba Shehu, said the last set of terrorists was a fall of the collapse of the Libyan state, and from farther away, of the Islamic State in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon.
He said they were taking advantage of “our porous Sahelian borders and as a result of international gangs, there is an increase in cross-border crime and the proliferation of small arms in the area of the Lake Chad basin.”
“Nigeria is a vast country that covers almost one million square kilometers. This is roughly equivalent to the size of France and Germany together. In addition to our porous borders, in the neighboring Sahel-Sahara region, many ungoverned areas provide shelter for the occupation and training of terrorists.
“Without the enormous efforts of our armed forces and the joint operations of the Multinational Joint Task Force led by Nigeria, MNJTF, formed by the countries of the Lake Chad Basin, this unique problem of illicit arms flow would have been much worse.
“At this time, the Nigerian government, under President Muhammadu Buhari has made the country safer than was found. In 2015, when he took office, Boko Haram’s terrorism was active in almost half the number of states in the country.
“They controlled a territory the size of Belgium, with their flag and administration systems and taxes. The emirs and bosses had fled their domains along with hundreds of thousands of ordinary citizens. Such is no more; They have been taken away.
“At present, terrorist activities have been limited to remote rural agricultural areas in the state of Borno and outbreaks in the states of Adamawa and Yobe.
“As the situation develops, our foreign armed forces are changing their tactics. Recently, they launched “Super Camps.” The essence of this is to act proactively and respond quickly to the changing nature of terrorism.
“In addition to the additional support that the Nigerian government is receiving from friendly countries in Europe, the United States and the Middle East, the Nigerian government is spending large sums of money to acquire weapons to keep our military in good combat.
“While the military arsenal is not something you pay for and get, which mainly requires long-term orders, the weapons will conform to the terms of the contracts. This country awaits the start of the delivery of Super Tucano fighter jets, very useful in this type of war, starting next year from the United States.
“The administration has embarked on an ambitious electronic/digital border monitoring scheme to reduce the porosity of the boundaries and, working with the UN agencies, the World Bank, the Islamic Development Bank, donor agencies and friendly countries, It has begun to provide solutions to the backwardness of development and poverty in the subregion because the issue of poverty is at the heart of the terrorist recruitment schemes.
“A few weeks ago, the administration inaugurated the Northeast Development Commission, to accelerate the development and eradication of poverty in the affected areas.
“The Buhari administration is strongly encouraged by the successes so far recorded by our armed forces and the MNJTF, and is optimistic that in the same way that our military defeated Boko Haram, ISWA’s terrorism would be defeated.”