By Levinus Nwabughiogu
ABUJA— President Muhammadu Buhari said, yesterday, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, UAE, that Nigeria with the assistance of Multinational Joint Task Force has driven Boko Haram insurgents to “fall-back” position.
The president, who spoke during a meeting with the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki Moon, on the sidelines of the World Future Energy Summit in UAE said Nigeria was at the verge of completely decimating the insurgents.
He boasted that no part of Nigerian territory was under the control of terrorists anymore, noting: “They are currently not holding any territory today as we speak.“
President Buhari also told the United Nations Secretary-General that Nigeria would persistently pursue global action to reverse the drying up of Lake Chad and save the lives of those who depend on it for survival.
“With all due respect to our neighbours, Nigeria has been worst hit by the drying up of the Lake Chad and we are hoping that the global community will support the process of halting the drying up of the lake,“ President Buhari said.
Responding, Moon commended the President for his courage in fighting terrorism and corruption.
He remarked that Nigeria had made tremendous progress against terrorism since President Buhari assumed office, noting that the war against corruption has boosted global confidence in the Nigerian economy.
He urged President Buhari to integrate the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals into Nigeria’s economic and environmental vision.