In a message passed on May 2 to mark the end of Ramadan and commemorate Eid-el-Fitr, President Muhammadu Buhari declares that terrorism is now fading in the country.
This was shared on his Twitter page which had been inactive since the ban was placed on the social media platform in the country. The ban on Twitter lasted for about 8 months from the month of June 2021 to January 2022, and while many already hopped back on the platform, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria was one of the last to join the train.
After several months of inactivity on Twitter, President Muhammadu Buhari finally returns to the media with a powerful message of peace. He sends greetings to all Muslims, declaring victory against Boko Haram and all other terrorist groups that operate falsely under the name of Islam.
In his report, the President confirms that the leader of Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) was killed last month in an airstrike in the Northeast. Several other gunmen also surrendered as peace is now being restored in the Northeast.
Amongst the many terrorist groups, President Muhammadu Buhari also confirmed that the bases of the IPOB group in the South East have been overrun and several weapons have been recovered.
President Muhammadu Buhari urges all Nigerians to remain steadfast and not fret as he will not relent in the fight against terrorism in the country.
The statement by President Muhammadu Buhari on Twitter read: “After a period of fasting and reflection, this year, we have cause to welcome the occasion in hope. The battle waged against terrorists who falsely masquerade under the name of Islam is approaching its conclusion.“
“The fight has been long and hard. Final victory is within sight. Boko Haram and its offshoots’ final embers are now fading. Last month, the leader of ISWAP was killed in an airstrike. Since the New Year, thousands of fighters have surrendered.”
“The territories they used to occupy are now seeing the return of those who were forced to flee their barbarity. Normality is finally beginning to return to the Northeast. It is a long process. Yet it is one we are, together, now embarking upon.“
“With the designation of bandit groups as terrorists, the challenges of banditry & kidnapping are being tackled differently in the North-West and North-Central where the latest military acquisitions and Armed Forces are being fanned out across the region to thwart acts of terror.”
“The administration is equally getting impressive reports of the special operations to curb crude oil theft and illegal oil bunkering in the South-South, with millions of illegally refined products being impounded and illegal refineries destroyed.”
“In response to the disturbing rise in criminal attacks targeting law enforcement and public facilities in the South East, concerted military operations to rid the region of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Eastern Security Network (ESN) elements have, in recent weeks, …“
“… led to the overrunning of IPOB/ESN bases, the seizure of weapons and the arrest of a large number of suspects.
“The reinvigoration of the war against drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking is also showing positive results as shown by the arrest of over 12,300 offenders including seven drug barons; the conviction of 1,400, counseling and rehabilitation of about 8,000 drug users.”
“The seizure of more than 65,000 tons of assorted drugs in this period sets a record for the nation.”
“On every front we are working hard to secure our nation. I expect increased coordination and cooperation among security agencies; the silo approach among the agencies must come to an end.”
“On my part I will continue to ensure that there is no shortage of funds to provide security for the citizens of Nigeria.”
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