President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the Federal Government has “technically won the war” against the Islamist Boko Haram militants.
Also in his Christmas message to Nigerians on Thursday, Buhari said that the change slogan of his party, the All Progressives Congress, was not a mere campaign gimmick but a promise that must be kept.
In an interview with the BCC, Buhari said that the militant group could no longer mount “conventional attacks” against security forces or population centres.
Buhari said the militant group had been reduced to fighting with improvised explosives devices and remained a force only in its heartland of Borno State.
He said his administration was determined to bring about tangible changes in the lives of Nigerians.
Buhari made the promise in his 2015 Christmas message to Nigerians.
The message which he personally signed was made available to journalists on Thursday by the Media and Publicity Office of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The President said efforts would be intensified to recover stolen funds, block revenue leakages and enthrone due process, transparency and accountability.
He urged Nigerians not to allow the current socio-economic and security challenges in the country to dampen their expectations for a better Nigeria.
He said his administration had taken a number of measures to restore hope to the people, adding that the 2016 budget defined his government’s commitment to giving Nigeria a new lease of life.
He said, “Our change slogan is not a campaign gimmick but a promise that must be kept.
“We are determined to bring about tangible changes in the lives of our people.
“In this regard, efforts will be intensified to recover stolen funds, block revenue leakages and enthrone due process, transparency and accountability.
“Public office is a public trust that must be held to the highest ethical standards. I wish all Nigerians a Merry Christmas. Please drive carefully.”