President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated his government’s position that Boko Haram is no longer holding local government areas because the sect’s ruthless capabilities have been largely curbed since he assumed office.
Buhari said this while receiving the President of the Republic of Germany, Mr. Joachim Gauck, at the State House on Thursday.
“As I have attempted to maintain in so many fora, Boko Haram is not what it used to be. While they were formerly holding 14 local governments when I came tin they aren’t holding any local government now.”
The President also decried the recent attacks against the camps of internally displaced persons in Dikwa, Borno State, adding that he regrets the fact that such is coming at the time of the German leader’s visit.
“It is a pity Boko haram welcomed you by explosions Maiduguri that, but we’re working on defeating them,” Buhari said. “What they have resorted to is using improvised explosive devices to cause maximum casualties on soft targets as they did yesterday.”
Buhari’s reassurance follows a contradictory alarm that was raised by Senator Baba Kaka Garbai from Borno Central Senatorial District. The senator said Boko Haram still has at least 50% of the state’s land mass under occupation. But his statement was in turn refuted by the governor of the state, Kashim Shettima, who described the senator’s statement as “emotional.”
The German leader in his reaction thanked President Buhari for his leadership and promised his country’s support for Nigeria, especially in areas of security and economy. He also pledged a donation of $50M to countries of the Lake Chad Basin towards the effort to combat terrorism.
Mr. Gauck, however, declined to assure Nigeria of his country’s readiness to assist with the repatriation of looted funds, adding that, as a ceremonial leader, he lacks the authority to make a pronouncement on such issues.