Boko Haram members diminishing – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has said the era of Boko Haram terrorism is gradually thinning out, with the narrowing of the recruitment base of the insurgents, and renewed onslaught by the Nigerian Army.

Buhari disclosed this while receiving the Letter of Credence of Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy See to Nigeria, Most Rev. Archbishop Antonio Guido Filipazzi, at the State House, he said the terrorist group had lost appeal in its initial strongholds, necessitating a steady retreat that will eventually culminate in ending the insurgency.

According to him, “The Nigerian Army is also not making it easy for them to grow, with more intelligence, orientation and regularly measured onslaught on their camps,’’.

President Buhari, who described the Catholic Church as a strong partner in the development of Nigeria, noted that the church had made very significant contributions to the development of the educational and health system of the country.

Speaking on corruption, the President said the fight against the culture of pilfering public funds would be prolonged and would require a new orientation by repositioning the entire educational system.

Buhari told the Archbishop “I am pleased that the African Union has spoken out boldly against corruption and appreciated the work that we are doing here,’’.

In his remarks, the Archbishop Filipazzi said the Holy Father, Pope Francis, had taken a keen interest in the fight against terrorism, corruption and reviving of the Nigerian economy.

Nuncio revealed that he had traveled to the North East and was pleased with the efforts of the Nigerian Army in tackling the insurgents, and recovering some of the earlier lost grounds.

Meanwhile, President Buhari had received Letters of Credence from the Ambassador of Niger to Nigeria, Mr. Alat Mogaskia and the High Commissioner of Ghana, Alhaji Rashid Bawa on his effort in tackling insurgency in the country.

 

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