Nigeria Winning War against Boko Haram, Says Obasanjo

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Michael Olugbode

Former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has said the nation is winning the war against the Boko Haram insurgency.

Obasanjo, who was in Maiduguri to commission some projects as part of the 40th anniversary celebration of University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID), said President Muhammadu Buhari has evolved the right strategies in fighting the Boko Haram insurgency and the insecurity that has ravaged the nation for some time now.

The former president, who sneaked into Maiduguri in 2011 to initiate the process of dialogue with the terrorist group, said there was a marked difference between 2011 and now, with the situation showing that there is gradual return of normalcy.

Obasanjo said during a courtesy call on Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima: “A lot of water has passed under the bridge in this part of the country. I must not forget to commiserate with all our people in this state and indeed the entire North-East who have been victims of insurgency in the way we have never witnessed it in this country before.”

He said: “As I have said with the governor, I do travel a lot in Africa and outside Africa and wherever I have gone in recent times what people want to know is what and how Nigeria is coping with the situation of insurgency. Today, now I think we are not out of the woods yet but it would appear that we can see the light (at the end of) the tunnel.

“There is no doubt that with the combined effort at the local level, at the state level and at the federal level and even at the community level, our security forces are on the ascendancy over the forces of destruction, the menace and danger of insurgency that we have experienced for almost six years now.”

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  • ADEDOKUN

    Good assessment from Baba. The only Ebora of Nigeria.

  • Edim Asekong

    Nigerians should pay close attention to the utterances of Chief Obasanjo. Not long after the swearing of President Buhari he said ” we’re beginning to witness the Nigeria of our dreams”, now see where that has landed us. Nigeria is almost on crutches. This talk of the war on Boko Haram being won coming from the same man, I fear.

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