Buhari expresses confidence in Nigerian military’s ability to crush Boko Haram

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By Ben Agande, Abuja.

Despite the setback suffered by the Nigerian Military in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgents, President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday  expressed confidence in ability of the Nigerian military to overcome and eradicate Boko Haram.

Speaking at  an interactive session with journalists after  talks with  President Issoufou Mahamadou of Niger, President Buhari declared  that  the Nigerian Army which has  earned a good reputation across the world, remains a virile fighting force.

 PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI WITH SERVICE CHIEFS DURING A  MEETING AT THE DEFENCE GUEST HOUSE IN ABUJA ON TUESDAY

A statement signed by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity quoted the President as saying that because of the peculiarity of insurgency, Nigeria will require the assistance of its neighbors.

“I am four days in office today and we have already started the process of ending the insurgency,” the President said.

He disclosed that in the course of the over five hours meeting he held with heads of Nigeria’s Armed Forces and Security Agencies yesterday, on-going operations against Boko Haram were reviewed for better results.

President Buhari said that because of the  peculiarities of terrorism,  the   movement of terrorists  across borders and the unconventional nature of the war against terror,  Nigeria will  continue to seek the support of neighbouring countries in its bid to overcome Boko Haram.

The President said that his visit to Niger was to seek more support from the country in bringing a quick end to  the atrocities of Boko Haram.

President Buhari said he would hold similar meetings on security and the war against terrorism with the  Chadian authorities after leaving Niamey on Thursday.

The President  said Nigeria would also require the assistance of other nations and multi-lateral institutions to rebuild areas  that have been adversely affected by the Boko Haram insurgency and rehabilitate displaced persons.

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