Surprised by the persistent attacks by Boko Haram insurgents on easy targets, President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday has ordered an aggressive fight against the sect.
He said the battle to be launched soon would defeat the terrorists once and for all.
While reacting in a statement by his special assistant in media and advertising, Mallam Garba Shehu, in reaction to the bloody attack by insurgents on the Garkida community in Adamawa state, he said: “In the coming weeks, Nigerians will watch an aggressive campaign to defeat Boko Haram, once and for all.
“Security will continue to be well funded, despite competing needs for social services. I call on Nigerians to continue supporting our troops in their gallant efforts to protect citizens and protect the country. “
The president described the resurgence of attacks on light targets by the terrorist group as an advertising strategy to cover its weakened status.
He condemned the murder of innocent people and sympathized with the victims’ families, ensuring that no part of Nigeria would be abandoned to its destination.
He further said: “These attacks on light targets of terrorists are obvious signs of frustration because my government has significantly weakened Boko Haram’s military ability to invade and maintain Nigerian territory without challenge.
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“Our gallant forces deserve our gratitude for repelling attackers, but they must go beyond that point. They have all our support to pursue terrorists and make them pay a huge price. I want to assure the country that terrorists will continue to face the combined power of our armed forces until they give up their wrong ways.
“These occasional and episodic attacks on poor civilians by terrorists are mere propaganda efforts to portray them as strong in order to trick the public into believing that they were not militarily our weekend by our gallant troops.”
The president said Boko Haram’s ability to invade and occupy territories and fly flags has been thwarted since his government entered the saddle on May 29, 2015.