Abuja, Feb. 13, 2018 (TNE) President Muhammadu Buhari says the era of Boko Haram terrorism is gradually drawing to an end, with the narrowing of the recruitment base of the insurgents, and renewed onslaught by the Nigerian Army.
The President stated this when he received the Letter of Credence of the Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy See to Nigeria, Most Rev. Archbishop Antonio Guido Filipazzi, at the State House, Abuja, on Tuesday.
Buhari noted that the terrorist group has lost appeal in its initial strongholds, necessitating a steady retreat that will eventually culminate in ending the insurgency.
He said: “You can’t indoctrinate people who are below the age of 14 years and blow up churches, mosques, markets and you keep shouting God is great.
“It is either you don’t know what you are saying, or you simply don’t care or believe what you are saying. It is part of our success story that Boko Haram is finding it more difficult to recruit people.
“The Nigerian Army is also not making it easy for them to grow, with more intelligence, orientation and regular, measured onslaught on their camps.’’
The President said the ongoing effort to dismember the terrorist group, and render it completely powerless will be intensified.
President Buhari, who described the Catholic Church as a strong partner in the development of Nigeria, noted that the church has made very significant contributions to the development of the educational and health systems of the country.
On corruption, the President said the fight against the culture ofpilfering public funds will be prolonged, and will require a new orientation by re-positioning the entire educational system.
“I am pleased that the African Union has spoken out boldly against corruption and appreciated the work that we are doing here,’’ he added.
In his remarks, Archbishop Filipazzi said the Holy Father, Pope Francis, has taken a keen interest on the fight against terrorism, corruption and reviving the Nigerian economy.
“Mr. President, the Holy Father sends his warm greetings and he is keen to denounce corruption everywhere,’’ he added.
The Apostolic Nuncio said he has travelled to the North East and is pleased with the efforts of the Nigerian Army in tackling the insurgents, and recovering some of the earlier lost grounds.
President Buhari also received Letters of Credence from the Ambassador of Niger to Nigeria, Mr. Alat Mogaskia, and the High Commissioner of Ghana, Alhaji Rashid Bawa.