SWITZERLAND, JUNE 12 – The Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari has asserted that the Nigerian military has considerably downgraded the threats of insurgency, terrorism and other forms of criminality across the country. This is coming amidst renewed killings by the Boko Haram and bandit groups in the North-East and North-West regions of the country.
The president said this while addressing the nation on Friday, June 12, on the occasion of the celebration of Democracy Day.
“Ending insurgency, banditry and other forms of criminality across the nation is being accorded appropriate priorities and the men and women of the Armed Forces of Nigeria have considerably downgraded such threats across all geo-political zones.
“All the Local Governments that were taken over by the Boko Haram insurgents in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa have long been recovered and are now occupied by indigenes of these areas who were hitherto forced to seek a living in areas far from their ancestral homes.
“The total collapse of the economies of these areas, which constituted a threat to our food security, has also been reversed with the gradual recovery of farming and other economic activities.
“I regret recent sporadic incidents with tragic loss of lives in Katsina and Borno States as a result of criminals taking advantage of COVID-19 restrictions. Security Agencies will pursue the perpetrators and bring them to swift justice.”
Buhari’s statement comes few days after suspected Boko Haram insurgents killed over 67 people in Gubio Local Government Area, Borno State and bandits killed over 40 persons in Faskari Local Government area of Kastina, the president’s home state.