Saturday 23rd July, 2016
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No council under Boko Haram's control - Buhari

No council under Boko Haram's control - Buhari

President Muhammadu Buha­ri has insisted that Boko Har­am terrorists were not hold­ing any local government area in Borno state or any other part of the country.
This is contrary to claims by a senator from Borno State, Kaka Ba­shir Garbai, that the Islamist terror group was still in control of three council areas despite assurances from the military that troops had liberated all territories hitherto in the hands of the terrorists.
Buhari spoke at the Aso Rock Villa when he hosted the President of Germany, Mr. Joachim Guack, who was on a two-day to Nigeria.
Guack arrived Nigeria the pre­vious day when Boko Haram sui­cide bombers killed about 58 per­sons at an Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Borno state.
Buhari told him: “It is a pity Boko Haram welcomed you by ex­plosions in Maiduguri that took so many lives, but I have attempted to explain in so many fora that Boko haram is not what it used to be.
“While they were firmly hold­ing 14 out of 774 local governments when we came in, they are not holding any local government now.
“What they have resorted to is using Improvised Explosive Devic­es (IEDs) to cause maximum casu­alties on soft targets as they did yes­terday, doing what they are capable of doing now.
“But for them to organise con­ventional attacks on military, po­lice installations and take hold of towns, I think they are not able to do that. They send groups to go and kill vulnerable targets.”
The president lamented that the insurgency has caused over two million IDPs, 60% of who are wom­en and orphaned children, even as he thanked Germany and oth­er countries of the Group of Sev­en industrialised nations (G-7) for showing concern and helping Ni­geria find solutions.
He said efforts were on to re­habilitate and resettle the IDPs in their original abodes as peace grad­ually returns.
“I am pleased with the response from the G-7, the United States and Europe. Training teams have been sent to our institutions. Help has been sent but what we do is to try to get our own committee under Gen­eral T.Y. Danjuma and Aliko Dan­gote, who have made some special contributions, to start doing some­thing in the field”, he said whilst implored donors to liaise with the committee.
The president thanked Germa­ny for its assistance to Nigeria dur­ing the last general elections and during the 2014 Ebola outbreak. But he solicited more of Germa­ny’s support in Nigeria’s quest for a permanent seat on the United Na­tions Security Council.
Buhari also commended the quality and durability of work done by German firms working in Ni­geria, although it comes at a price.
“Anybody driving through Abuja can see the quality of infra­structure, including this one (Pres­idential Villa).
“The first time I was the Head of State, I was in a barrack some­where but when I came back as President I saw this beautiful castle very well built and very well main­tained. This is to say I feel the Ger­man company (Julius Berger) is do­ing a good job and it is appreciated”, he stated.
Speaking through an interpret­er, the German President condoled with Nigeria over the recent ter­ror attacks in the country and an­nounced a $15 million German do­nation for the Multinational Joint Task Force battling to defeat the terrorists.
Commending Buhari for his approach against Boko Haram, he pledged more support from Ger­many and called for renewal of trust and upholding the rule of law in the country, especially as Nige­ria was playing an important role in Africa.
Meanwhile President Muham­madu Buhari has formally noti­fied the National Assembly of his resumption of duties on Thursday after a six-day vacation in the Unit­ed Kingdom.
The AUTHORITY observed that Buhari’s Special Adviser on National Assembly Matters, Sena­tor Ita Enang, was at the Presiden­tial Villa yesterday from where he departed with an official envelope, apparently containing the official notification on the president’s re­sumption of duties.
He however, declined to con­firm the contents of the envelope he held tightly to himself.

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