Saturday, 6 February 2016

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday insisted
that the Boko Haram militant sect has been
technically defeated, despite recent attacks by the
group.
The terrorists’ recent deadly attack was carried
out on Dalori, a village in Borno State, where about
86 persons were killed.
The militant group was said to have burnt some
children alive when it overran the community,
which is four kilometres away from the capital city
of Maiduguri.
The President had recently said the insurgent
group had been technically defeated, and speaking
to BBC on Friday, he maintained that indeed the
terrorists had been technically defeated.
“Well, all I know is that out of the 14 Local
Government Areas in Borno State where they
(Boko Haram) used to hold and hoist their flag,
they are nowhere in charge of any of them again.
But they can still regroup and go after attacking
soft targets,” he said.
When the interviewer asked whether it was fair to
say a group which killed over 65 persons in a
single attack had been “technically defeated,” the
President responded, “Well, that’s your own
description of it. My own description is that they
can no longer mobilise enough forces to attack
police and army barracks and destroy aircraft like
they used to do. They can no longer do that.”
Boko Haram is responsible for the killings of over
17,000 Nigerians, particularly in the North-East.
During his electioneering, President Buhari had
promised to defeat the group if elected.

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