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– Before the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria’s president, the Boko Haram sect had taken over some major towns in the north
– Speaking in Dakar, Senegal, President Buhari explained how the terrorist group provoked the Nigerian government
President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed how the Boko Haram terrorist group caused its own downfall mention three ways this was done by the members.
Speaking at a panel of heads of state at the 3rd Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa held in Senegal, Buhari said the sect members first began to fall when they gave their activities a religious connotation.
Worse was the fact that the members of the group started killing children and slaughtering people in worship centers.
Buhari described the actions of the sect as a major contradiction to Islam which, according to him, does not allow the killing of innocent persons just like every other religions.
Buhari also highlighting the gains of the cooperation among the Lake Chad Basin Commission countries comprising Chad, Niger, Cameroon, Benin Republic and Nigeria, and told the gathering that Boko Haram is no longer holding any territory or local government area in Nigeria.
He said: “Those who live in the north-east know that Boko Haram is no longer holding a single territory in the 774 LGAs in Nigeria.
“But they have a system of using IEDs and they indoctrinate mostly teenage girls and send them to soft targets to churches, mosques and market places. That too is becoming very rear.
“I think Boko Haram shot themselves in the foot when they gave their ideology a religious connotation by killing children in their schools, people in the mosque and churches and shouting Allahu Akbar.
“This is a major contradiction as no religion advocates hurting the innocent. You can’t kill people and say Allahu Akbar. You either do not know what you are saying or you don’t believe it.”
He noted that Nigeria is capable of surmounting its security challenges and appealed to the international community to focus more attention on addressing piracy in the Gulf of Guinea and unemployment in Nigeria.
According to him, “In the southern part of the country, stolen Nigerian crude is being illegally transported through the Gulf of Guinea and installations offshore are being subverted.
“We also have the problem of unemployment in Nigeria. With a population of 180 million people of which 65 per cent are under the age of 35, young Nigerians are looking for any kind of job to survive.
‘‘We are addressing the situation (unemployment) by turning to agriculture and solid minerals because we are lucky to be blessed with arable land, water and resources.”