The Nigerian government says it has put Boko Haram and other terrorist groups in the country on the run.
The Minister of Defence, Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd), made the claim while addressing the press in Abuja on Monday.
He said the military and other security agents have been able to contain the daunting security challenges the country faces, insisting that “the worst is indeed over.”
The minister said, “We have now put the terrorists, bandits and their like on the run and we will not relent until they have been crushed.”
He commended men and women of the various security agencies such as the military, police, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Immigration, Customs, Nigerian Correctional Service, and intelligence agencies, among others, for their sacrifice and patriotism.
Magashi added, “We must also realize that security is the business of everyone, hence the tagline ‘if you see something, say something.
“Terrorists or bandits are not spirits. They are human beings, and some of them reside in our communities. They must all be exposed and crushed for peace to reign.”