Nigerian president vows to step up fight against Boko Haram

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, August 21, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News
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imgNigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari said his government will reinvigorate its campaign against the Islamic extremist insurgency in the country’s northeast as he spoke to the nation for the first time on Monday after returning from London where he spent more than three months for medical treatment.

“Terrorists and criminals must be fought and destroyed relentlessly so that the majority of us can live in peace and safety,” said Buhari in a televised speech on Monday.

“Therefore we are going to reinforce and reinvigorate the fight not only against elements of Boko Haram which are attempting a new series of attacks on soft targets, kidnappings, farmers versus herdsmen clashes, in addition to ethnic violence fueled by political mischief makers. We shall tackle them all.”

Buhari returned Saturday to Abuja, though he didn’t make any comments upon his arrival to Abuja. Though he looked slimmer than his early days in office, his appearance was healthier than it had seemed in previous months as he walked from the airplane, and video footage later on Saturday showed him shaking hands, smiling and laughing with dignitaries on his return.

In his address, Buhari, 74, did not say what illness caused him to leave Nigeria in May for the lengthy treatment in Britain. He thanked Nigerians for their prayers.

“I am pleased to be back on home soil among my brothers and sisters,” Buhari said.

The government of Africa’s most populous nation has never said what exactly has been ailing Buhari and his long absences have led some to call for his replacement and for the military to remind its personnel to remain loyal.

Earlier this year Buhari spent seven weeks in London for treatment and said he had never been so sick in his life.

In his address, Buhari talked about political divisions, urging that Nigeria must be united. He said that while he was in London he kept in touch with daily events at home.

“Nigerians are robust and lively in discussing their affairs, but I was distressed to notice that some of the comments, especially in the social media have crossed our national red lines by daring to question our collective existence as a nation. This is a step too far,” he said.

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