The President Muhammadu Buhari in a June 12 address, promised to quash Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast.
President, Buhari said that despite successes against Boko Haram insurgents in the Northeast, the efforts have further forced the terrorists to the countries inland.
Nigerian armed forces are battling a decade-long Boko insurgency that has led to a humanitarian crisis with about two million displaced persons, with some fleeing to neighbouring countries like Cameroon and Chad.
President Buhari said in a Democracy Day address on Saturday, June 12, 2021, that the governments efforts to disperse the terrorists had unintended consequences of scattering them in the Northeast pushed them further in-country which is what the government is now facing and dealing with.
He stressed that the Nigerian government has previously claimed the army had technically defeated Boko Haram. Adding that in 2016, the government launched Operation Safe Corridor to receive voluntary defectors from factions of Boko Haram after the terrorists split into two groups.