“You can’t kill innocent people and say God is great.”
On Boko Haram
President Muhammadu Buhari in an interview with arise tv berated the various insurgency groups Boko Haram and ISWAP fighting in the name of religion in the north west Nigeria.
Buhari said one of the ways his administration has recorded some successes in the war is by letting the insurgents know that there is no justification for killing innocent people.
Condemning the Boko Haram terrorists, the president said: “You can’t kill innocent people and say God is great.” He partly blamed the security crisis on poverty and unemployment, noting that the “level of poverty is almost unimaginable.
Though Nigeria possesses the continent’s largest economy and numerous natural resources, it has one of the poorest populations in Africa. Some half of the two hundred million inhabitants in the country live on less than one dollar and ninety cents a day.
According to him “A lot of youths are looking basically for what to eat, not to talk of accommodations and others. The level of poverty is almost unimaginable. So this is our problem. ” Nevertheless, the president said his administration has recorded significant achievements, noting that Nigerians know the difference between when he came in and now.
President Buhari commended the effort of Borno state. Speaking on the Boko Haram insurgency, the president said Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state is working very hard and taking a lot of risks. He noted that he recently changed service chiefs to re-energise the fight against Boko Haram and other security challenges.
He also commented on what is doing to address the present insecurity in Nigeria. President Buhari says he has directed the Nigeria Police Force to be ruthless with anyone or group causing unrest in the country, including the bandits in the northwest. He said: “We have given the Police the directive to be ruthless with people stealing another person’s belongings and destroying others’ property. You will see that there will be a difference in coming weeks.” President Buhari insists those causing security crises will be treated “in the language they understand.”
Following the killing of Mohammed Yusuf, the head of Boko Haram, in 2009, the group launched an insurgency in Nigeria’s northeastern region.
Over the past decade, the conflict has resulted in tens of thousands of civilian deaths and the displacement of millions more. Since their bloody campaign started in 2019, Boko Haram has engaged in school attacks, village burnings, and hundreds of kidnappings.