Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou has said that “the end of Boko Haram is near.”
Issoufou spoke with VOA French to Africa news service Tuesday during a visit to Washington. He said Boko Haram “is not eradicated but was greatly weakened” by an offensive launched by multinational forces late in January. Since then, troops from Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon have driven the Islamist extremist group from most of the towns it controlled in northeastern Nigeria.
Issoufou said Boko Haram “has no future,” and predicted that “in a few weeks or months, we will see the end of Boko Haram in the Lake Chad region.”
However, U.S. intelligence officials have previously warned that Boko Haram may not be near defeat. Intelligence officials told VOA that the group has used strategic retreats in the past only to come back and launch devastating counter-attacks.