President Muhammadu Buhari says his administration has degraded the capacity of the Boko Haram insurgency leading to the release of 106 Chibok and 104 Dapchi girls, and over 16,000 other persons held by the insurgents.
President Buhari stated this in a broadcast to mark the 19th year of Nigeria’s democracy and the 3rd Anniversary of his administration in Abuja on Tuesday.
He observed that before the inception of current administration three years ago, Boko Haram had held large areas of land spanning several Local Governments in the North East region.
He, however, noted the re-establishment of the authority of government in all the areas hitherto controlled by the insurgents in the North-East.
According to him, his administration is pained over the grievous loss of lives and properties occasioned by the carnage of insurgency and other forms of criminality in the country.
He assured Nigerians that government would not rest until all criminal elements and their sponsors were brought to justice.
He revealed that government was boosting the capacity of the security agencies through recruitment of more personnel, training, and procurement of modern equipment, enhancement of intelligence gathering as well as boosting their morale in the face of daunting challenges.
On the conditions of Internally Displaced Persons [IDPs], President Buhari disclosed that the Federal Government had improved the mechanism for the distribution of basic aid, foods and essential commodities using various strategies in collaboration with local and international organizations at the IDPs’ camps.