NIGERIAN ARMED FORCES WELL POSITIONED TO END BOKO HARAM INSURGENCY BY DECEMBER – BUHARI

President Muhammadu Buhari said Wednesday in
Abuja that he remained fully confident that by the end
of this year, Boko Haram’s ability to attack, seize,
ravage and hold any Nigerian territory will have been
completely obliterated.
Speaking at an audience with the Commander of
United States Africa Command, Gen David Rodriguez,
President Buhari said that with greater support from his
administration in terms of improved training,
equipment, logistics and welfare, the Nigerian Armed
Forces were now well positioned to meet the December
deadline which they have been given to end the Boko
Haram insurgency.
The President seized the opportunity of General
Rodriquez’s visit to restate his appreciation of the
United States’ support for Nigeria’s efforts to overcome
terrorism and insurgency.
“We must thank the United States of America for
sending training teams and equipment to us. The
positive results of our collaboration are evident.
“Structured attacks by the insurgents have reduced
and by the end of the year, we should see the final
routing of Boko Haram as an organized fighting force,
” the President said.
President Buhari appealed, however, for greater
cooperation from the United States in securing the Gulf
of Guinea through which stolen Nigerian crude oil is
shipped abroad.
Decrying the severe revenue losses which Nigeria
suffers from crude oil theft, President Buhari said that
his administration was determined to end this criminal
practice and would welcome more support from the
international community in this regard.
General Rodriguez told President Buhari that he was in
the country to strengthen Nigeria/United States military
relations, and also explore further options for assisting
the Multinational Joint Task Force established by
Nigeria and her neighbours, to fight Boko Haram.

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