Just a day after becoming the first politician in Nigerian history to defeat a sitting leader by ballot, president-elect Gen. Muhammadu Buhari has promised to “spare no effort” in defeating Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
In an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday, Nigeria’s president-elect Gen. Muhammadu Buhari promised to ‘plug’ corruption and also destroy Boko Haram in 2 months stating:
“We know how they started and where they are now and we will rapidly give attention to security in the country. And I believe we will effectively deal with them in two months when we get into office. We will be needing the cooperation of neighbouring countries such as Cameroon, Chad and Niger. There were efforts made by the President Goodluck Jonathan administration, but it was not good enough and it came rather late.”
“We expected the Federal Government four years ago to sit down with these countries and make sure they do not allow the terrorists free movement across borders, training facilities and movement of weapons. These were only done a few months ago and we have seen how Cameroon, Chad and Niger are fighting Boko Haram more than Nigeria is doing until recently. Really we have seen enough and we have enough law enforcement to face Boko Haram squarely.”
“They will…if you recall, the Nigerian soldiers out of all ethical expectations were granting interviews to foreign journalists, saying they were being sent to fight terrorists without proper weapons. And then the National Assembly attempted to conduct a hearing to find out how much money was approved for training and weapon in the last three years but that hearing was scuttled by the administration.”