President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, said that remnants of Boko Haram in the North-east region of the country are bandits, “and we 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.
President Buhari disclosed that great progress has equally been made in disabusing the minds of people that the insurgency was religious.