The Coalition Against Terrorism and Extremism (CATE), a coalition of over 5000 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) yesterday Abuja held a rally in appreciation of the success made by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and the current military leadership in the war against Boko Haram insurgents.
Addressing journalists during the rally which kicked off at the federal secretariat and ended at Office of the Secretary to the Federation (SGF), Secretary General of the Coalitions, Comrade Daniel Obaje, said since the government of President Buhari came into office, significant progress has been made in addressing the security breaches that had threatened the integrity of Nigeria.
He said areas where Boko Haram once set up camp have been cleared, adding that some displaced persons are already beginning to return to their homeland.
He said, “The Army freed over 5000 persons that the terrorists once held captive even as efforts are being intensified to free those that are yet to regain freedom.
He said, “Remnants of the terrorists are risking death to flee across the desert into the Mediterranean. The group in his defeat can only now think of hit and run attacks by drug addled fighters who now increasingly opt to fail in their assignment so that the military can capture them for rehabilitation.
“The recent weeks have seen the higher echelon of Boko Haram decimated with several commanders killed in troops’ operations. Others have been captured, which has left the group being fragmented with split in its leadership. Everything points to a group that has been finished.
“We therefore want to urge Mr President not relent in continuing with measures that will ensure Boko Haram terrorists are not allowed to regroup anywhere on our territory ever again. In fact, we urge that Nigeria does all that is necessary to make sure these killers do not regroup in Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republic, all of which share borders with us.
Responding on behalf of the SGF, Ibrahim Bapetel Hasan, the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to President Muhammadu Buhari on policy development analysis said the report will be passed to the president Muhammadu Buhari
He thanked the coalition for acknowledging the efforts of the current administration in the war against Boko Haram, saying obviously, much progress has been made since President Buhari came into office.
He said the current administration is happy that Nigerians acknowledge the efforts of the military.