President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday expressed confidence in the ability of the Nigerian military to overcome the Boko Haram sect.
Speaking at an interactive session with journalists after holding talks with Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou in Niamey, Buhari said the Nigerian Army which has earned a good reputation across the world remains a virile fighting force.
The President, in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said: “I am four days in office today and we have already started the process of ending the insurgency.”
He said the ongoing operations against Boko Haram were reviewed for better results in over five hours meeting with heads of Nigeria’s Armed Forces and security agencies on Tuesday.
President Buhari said because of the peculiarities of terrorism, the movement of terrorists across borders and the unconventional nature of the war against terror, Nigeria will continue to seek the support of neighbouring countries in its bid to overcome Boko Haram.
Buhari said his visit to Niger was to seek more support from the country in bringing a quick end to the atrocities of Boko Haram.
The President said he would hold similar meetings on security and the war against terrorism with the Chadian authorities after leaving Niamey on Thursday.
Nigeria, he said, would also require the assistance of other nations and multi-lateral institutions to rebuild areas that have been adversely affected by Boko Haram insurgency and rehabilitate displaced persons.
In his remarks, the Nigerien leader commended President Buhari for making Niger the first country he will visit after his inauguration.
He said: “Your decision to move the Nigerian military command to the Northeast has further strengthened our conviction that the war against terrorism will soon come to an end.”
Issoufou assured that Niger will continue to support Nigeria in the fight against Boko Haram.