**thanks US govt for sending military equipment
By Levinus Nwabughiogu
ABUJA – President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated the determination of his government to completely rout Boko Haram by December.
The President, who however placed his determination in the ability of the Nigerian military, declared not to allow the insurgents to attack, seize, ravage and hold any Nigerian territory by the time.
President Buhari spoke during a meeting with the Commander of United States Africa Command, Gen David Rodriguez in his office at the presidential villa on Wednesday.
He stated that with greater support from his administration in terms of improved training, equipment, logistics and welfare, the Nigerian Armed Forces were now well positioned to meet the December deadline which they have been given to end the Boko Haram insurgency.
The President also conveyed his gratitude to the government of United States of America, USA, for its support to Nigeria’s efforts to overcome terrorism and insurgency.
“We must thank the United States of America for sending training teams and equipment to us. The positive results of our collaboration are evident.
“Structured attacks by the insurgents have reduced and by the end of the year, we should see the final routing of Boko Haram as an organized fighting force, ” he said.
President Buhari also appealed for greater cooperation from the United States in securing the Gulf of Guinea, saying it was the avenue through which stolen Nigerian crude oil was shipped abroad.
He also bemoaned the revenue losses arising from crude oil theft, assuring that his administration was determined to end the criminal practice even as he called for more support from the international community to help realize the goal.
Also speaking, General Rodriguez told President Buhari that he was in the country to strengthen Nigeria/United States military relations, and also explore further options for assisting the Multinational Joint Task Force established by Nigeria and her neighbours, to fight Boko Haram.