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Buhari: Boko Haram remnants are bandits

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Buhari meets Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross

President Muhammadu Buhari said remnants of Boko Haram in the North-east region of the country are bandits and vowed that his government will continue to treat them as such.”

The President spoke Tuesday at State House, Abuja, while receiving Mr Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

According to President Buhari, “Boko Haram has been degraded, but its members are still a nuisance around Lake Chad and surrounding islands. That is why we are cooperating with Chad, Cameroon, Niger Republic, and other countries. We are also using the Air Force quite effectively. They are bandits, and we will continue to treat them as such.”

The President said the government was concentrating on repairing damaged infrastructure, rehabilitation of internally displaced persons, securing their communities, so that they can return home.

He applauded the support of the ICRC and other humanitarian organizations, noting: “The situation of the displaced persons is very pathetic. Some children don’t know where their parents are, neither do they know where they come from.

“We are focusing on education and healthcare, along with rebuilding of infrastructure. The agency formerly under the leadership of Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (retd) and now headed by Major-General Paul Tarfa (retd) is quietly making an impression. We are dedicating lots of resources to the area.”

President Buhari disclosed that great progress has equally been made in disabusing the minds of people that the insurgency was religious.

“How can you kill people, and say ‘God is great.’ It’s either you don’t know that God, or you don’t know what you are talking about. God is God of justice. And the people have understood the message well, so recruiting is now difficult for the insurgents,” the President said.

Mr Maurer said Nigeria was the 5th largest operation of ICRC worldwide, and the organization would continue to render humanitarian action to people affected by violence.

On the recent killing of two officials in the North-east, he said: “We are shaken by the killing of our staff, but not discouraged. Humanitarian assistance should continue, and we applaud the hospitality of Nigeria.”

The ICRC President said relationship will be further strengthened with Nigeria, submitting that “the more we see activity from Nigerian authorities, the easier it is for us to add here and there.”

183 COMMENTS

  1. President Muhammadu Buhari said remnants of Boko Haram in the North-east region of the country are bandits and vowed that his government will continue to treat them as such.”

  2. We want Bokoharam issue to be done and dusted in Nigeria, all these bandits and no bandits doesn’t change anything. The killing continues until the Government completely eradicate them from Nigeria.

  3. President Muhammadu Buhari said remnants of Boko Haram in the North-east region of the country are bandits and vowed that his government will continue to treat them as such.”

  4. Are this people really dealt with? On a serious note, or they just still minding their Peace? Well, I sent think anything has been don concerning this criminals. Just because they seize to operate for some times now doesn’t give the incompetent buhari to brag like he has done something.

  5. mr president we see all your effort to rebrand Nigeria and rebrand or renew mindset of some Nigerians on national issue, we also need to tell them that Rome was not build in a day, it start from step by step and renew of mind which lead to success today all Nigerians should note that, together we stand to keep Nigeria great. respect!!!

  6. Just because they seize to operate for some times now doesn’t give the incompetent buhari to brag like he has done something.

  7. Comment: Buhari has nothing meaningful to say, Boko Haram as a whole are terrorists, they are killers; which one be bandits? who is this idiot trying to brainwash ? nonsense.

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  9. Comment: everytime we hear that The boko haram has been defeated technically, but they still come out in numbers to terrorise communities.

  10. This said bandits have wasted so many lives in the north. I understand government is trying to see how this killings can be ended by deploying armies to the affected areas. With God’s help boko-haram will be eradicated from our country.

  11. anything has been don concerning this criminals. Just because they seize to operate for some times now doesn’t give the incompetent buhari to brag like he has done something.

  12. President Muhammadu Buhari said remnants of Boko Haram in the North-east region of the country are bandits and vowed that his government will continue to treat them as such.”

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