Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, said despite successes against Boko Haram insurgents in the Northeast, the efforts have further forced the terrorists to the country’s inland.
Nigerian armed forces are battling a decade-long Boko insurgency that has led to a humanitarian crisis with about two million displaced persons, with some fleeing to neighbouring countries like Cameroon and Chad.
President Buhari said in a Democracy Day address on Saturday, June 12, 2021, that the government’s efforts to disperse the terrorists had “unintended consequences of our scattering them in the Northeast pushed them further in-country which is what we are now facing and dealing with.”
The Nigerian government has previously claimed the army had technically defeated Boko Haram.
In 2016, the government launched Operation Safe Corridor to receive voluntary defectors from factions of Boko Haram after the terrorists split into two groups.
There have been increased attacks in Borno state, the epicentre of the crisis, since 2016. But President Buhari said, “We will, by the Grace of God, put an end to these (security) challenges.”
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