President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday again insisted that the Boko Haram sect has been stopped “in its track”.
The president gave the credit for the achievement to the governors of All Progressive Congress (APC)-controlled states, the Armed Forces, Police and other Security Agencies.
Buhari who stated this at the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the APC in Abuja however submitted that no country, however well secured, can prevent isolated attacks of terror.
“Great credit is due to our APC State Governors for stabilizing the country and to our Armed Forces, Police and other Security Agencies for stopping Boko Haram in its tracks and driving them from their bases. No country, however well secured, can prevent isolated acts of terror as we have seen in America, Europe, Asia and here in Africa”, he stated.
This is coming a few days after the Boko Haram sect invaded a town in Dapchi, Yobe State kidnapping about 110 students of the Government Girls’ Science and Technical College.
The president’s submission is also in contradiction to the submission of his media aide, Mr Femi Adesina who only recently reneged on the claim that Boko Haram terrorists in North East Nigeria have been totally defeated.
Adesina, a Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, when confronted with the issue of insurgency in the North East during his appearance on Channels Television’s political programme, Sunday Politics, admitted that the sect has not yet been completely defeated.
He said that the dreaded sect has only been terribly degraded.
Speaking further at the event, Buhari acknowledged that the pace of government has not met the expectations of many within the party, adding, that “few of us knew or appreciated the depth of the hole when we took office. Thus we spent the last two years digging the country out of the mess we met”.
he told members “We must support our Security Agencies to safeguard our country so that the job of development as outlined in our Manifesto can proceed without too much interruption.
“…We cannot afford to fail to remind Nigerians where we came from in 2015. I am happy to report that slowly and steadily we have managed to stabilize the country and re-direct the ship of the State.
“We have restored prudence to the management of public finances. Confidence in Nigeria has been restored. On February 23rd, Nigeria issued 12 year and 20 year Eurobond on the international market, which were both oversubscribed. The 12 year bond was within days subscribed by 332%. The 20 year bond was subscribed by 372%.
“We have stabilized the Naira, increased our foreign reserves from US$20 billion to US$40 billion. Inflation rate is down. With considerably less resources available to the country, we have improved all indices towards a stronger economy”.
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