It was an enthusiastic President Muhammadu Buhari, that boasted on Thursday, of an imminent end to terrorism in the North East part of the country, where the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents has killed thousands of Nigerians since their bloody campaigns started in 2009.
The President, while reaffirming his conviction that the end of the group was quite firm that the vigour with which the war against the terrorist sect is now being prosecuted by Nigeria and its allies, would exterminate the menace.
He told visiting Mousa Faki Mahamat, Chadian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Special Envoy of President Idris Deby of Chad, that with higher morale among troops in the frontline against Boko Haram and their improved logistics, equipment and training, a rapid end to the insurgency could be expected.
The President, who, however admonished that Nigeria and Chad must be prepared to make more sacrifices to end the scourge of Boko Haram since they were at the “very heart of the insurgency,” said: “We will sustain our effort, and the insurgents will be defeated soon,” President Buhari vowed.
The Special Envoy of the Chadian President said that President Deby appreciated the leadership being shown by President Buhari in the war against terrorism.
“Our people rely on us to end the insurgency, because economic development is being hampered. This fight has to come to an end. My coming here is to reaffirm our full commitment. Beyond the number of troops earlier announced, Chad is still ready to commit more soldiers.
“The enemy is weakened already. Let’s stand firm, and neutralize them.”