President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said Nigeria under his leadership has made significant progress towards ending the Boko Haram insurgency since his assumption of office on May 29 last year.
According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President spoke at a meeting he with the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki Moon, on the sidelines of the World Future Energy Summit holding in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Buhari said in collaboration with the Multinational Joint Task Force, the Nigerian Armed Forces have driven the terrorist group from Nigerian territory into “fall-back positions”.
“They (the insurgents) are currently not holding any territory today as we speak, ” the President reportedly told the UN scribe.
Buhari also told him that Nigeria will persistently pursue global action to reverse the drying up of Lake Chad and save the lives of those who depend on it for survival.
“With all due respect to our neighbours, Nigeria has been worst hit by the drying up of the Lake Chad and we are hoping that the global community will support the process of halting the drying up of the lake, ” he said.
The UN scribe commended the President for his courage in fighting terrorism and corruption.
The Secretary-General said that Nigeria has made amazing progress against terrorism since President Buhari assumed office, while the President’s war against corruption has boosted global confidence in the Nigerian economy.
He urged Buhari to integrate the UN Sustainable Development Goals into Nigeria’s economic and environmental vision.