By Shola Abayomi.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday maintained that his administration had “significantly weakened” the dreaded Boko Haram sect despite recurring attacks by the insurgents.
Buhari, who spoke in the wake of a foiled attack carried out by the terrorists in Garkida, a town in Gombi local government area of Adamawa State on Friday, noted that Boko Haram’s preference for soft targets was an obvious sign of frustration.
Speaking through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, the president further stated that the insurgents have been deprived of the capability to invade and hold any Nigerian territory unchallenged.
He, however, urged the military to go beyond just repelling the attackers, while assuring Nigerians that terrorists will continue to face the wrath of the country’s gallant troops.
The president said, “These attacks on soft targets by terrorists are obvious signs of frustration because my administration has significantly weakened Boko Haram’s military capability to invade and hold Nigerian territory unchallenged.
“Our gallant forces deserve our appreciation for repelling the attackers but they must go beyond this point. They have our full support to go after the terrorists and have them pay a huge price. I want to assure the country that terrorists will continue to face the combined power of our military until they give up their mistaken ways.
“These occasional and episodic attacks on poor civilians by terrorists are mere propaganda efforts to portray them as strong in order to fool the public into believing that they haven’t been militarily weakened our gallant troops.
“Security will continue to be well funded despite the competing needs of social services. I appeal to Nigerians to continue to support our troops in their gallant efforts to protect the citizens and secure the country.”