Buhari says Nigeria has won Boko Haram
The war against insurgent group Boko Haram has been won, according to President Muhammad Buhari. Technically, at least.
“I assure you we haven’t failed. Adamawa state, Yobe state are free from Boko Haram,” Buhari said in an interview with BBC. “Borno state which is there base, I think they have two to three local government.”
“Boko Haram has reverted to using IEDs Improvised Explosive Device, indoctrinating young girls from 15 years and below to go and explode it in churches, mosques, market places, motorparks.”
“They have now been reduced to that but articulated conventional attacks on centers of communication and population in towns and so on, they are no longer capable of doing that effectively. So I think technically we have won the war because people are going back to their neighborhoods.”
“We have our committees on the ground liaising with Local governments. People are going back. Our major problem now is rehabilitation because over 1.5 million Internally Displaced Persons, repairing the infrastructures, schools, health centers…the number of bridges blown..that is what we are facing now. But Boko Haram as an organized fighting force, I assure you that we have dealt with them”