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"They Are Bandits," President Buhari Declares War On Boko Haram Insurgents

Austin Papi

President Muhammadu Buhari, while meeting with the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Mr. Peter Maurer, described the remnants of Boko Haram in the North-East region of the country as bandits.

The President said this at the State House, Abuja, where he received the ICRC President and declared that the Federal Government would continue to treat Boko Haram insurgents as bandits.

“Boko Haram has been degraded, but its members are still a nuisance around Lake Chad and surrounding islands. That is why we are cooperating with Chad, Cameroon, Niger Republic, and other countries. We are also using the Air Force quite effectively. They are bandits, and we will continue to treat them as such.”

President Buhari added that his government would focus on the rehabilitation of internally displaced persons, securing their communities and repairing damaged infrastructure, so that the bandits willing to drop their arms can return home.

“The situation of the displaced persons is very pathetic. Some children don’t know where their parents are, neither do they know where they come from," Buhari said.