Buhari Renews Commitment to Track Boko Haram Into A Corner
President Muhammadu Buhari has said he is committed to his pledge to track the Boko Haram insurgents group into a corner.
Buhari said this on Wednesday while addressing news conference with Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou in country’s capital Niamey.
The president who visited chad in his first official trip since becoming the president added that Nigeria’s army will take a bigger role in the effort to crush Boko Haram, by taking over from soldiers from Niger in occupying towns liberated from the militant group.
“I renew my commitment to track Boko Haram into a corner, to destroy it. Five years of the presence of this evil sect is enough,” Buhari told a news conference with Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou.
“On the issue of the Niger military positioned in cities of Nigeria … I think in the next four weeks we will be able to replace them with Nigerian forces so they can return to their country,” he said.
Buhari said the other nations would provide weapons and help restore infrastructure destroyed by the insurgents. He also thanked Niger for hosting as many as 150,000 refugees who fled insecurity in Nigeria to Niger.
On his part, the President of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou, said new multinational force of 8,700 troops from Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Benin to combat the insurgency in the Lake Chad region will become operational in the coming weeks.
“Niger is ready to finish with Boko Haram and protect its borders, its people and their property,” Issoufou said.