President Muhammadu Buhari said bombings may take a longer time to eradicate, as this is a sign that the insurgents are finding it difficult to survive the onslaught of the military, in a direct combat.
More so, he underlines that his administration’s optimism continues to grow, and that Boko Haram will be crushed by December, 2015.
President Buhari said this on Saturday in his message delivered at hospitals, palaces and Government Houses of Adamawa and Borno States by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, who led a Federal Government delegation to condole with their governments and people over the increased activities of Boko Haram terrorists.
The president’s message was made available to State House journalists by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu who was part of the delegation.
Other members of the delegation were the Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Mala Mai Buni; a member of the House of Representatives, Mohammed Tahir Munguno; a Permanent Secretary in the Office of the SGF, Bukar Maina; a leading figure in the APC, Alhaji Modi Aliyu Mahmood.
Buhari, in his message, said all Nigerians must be vigilant and work with security forces to eradicate all forms of extremism and also in detecting terrorists living amongst the populace.
“As I said a few times in the past, desperate actions such as the detonation of IEDs will take a longer time to eradicate even as our optimism continues to grow that Boko Haram as a fighting force will be crushed by the year’s end.
After that, we hope all displaced communities will be returned to their towns and villages. But even when this is about to happen, there will still remain vital tests and challenges.
Buhari further stated: “The security situation in the North East remains a great source of concern for me. Although there are clear indications that the military is recording great successes in the theatre of operations, the enemy has been able to carry out his murderous campaign by attacking soft targets using Improvised Explosive Devices. His intention is to create widespread fear amongst the civilian population since he cannot subdue our armed forces.
“The sporadic tactics used by these criminals is a sign that they are under intense pressure in the forests and in the countryside where they previously enjoyed a lot of freedom of action. The sheer tenacity displayed by our troops in the last three months has resulted in degrading the capacity of the enemy significantly. I am confident that the ability of the enemy to attack and seize towns and villages has been virtually neutralised”.
However, Governors of Adamawa and Borno States, Senator Jibrilla Bindow and Bukar Shettima respectively, thanked the president for sending the delegation and also for his continual effort towards ending the menace of Boko Haram in the country.