Buhari Issues Boko Haram Warning, Says Group Will Know Nigeria’s Strength

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Gen. Muhammudu Buhari, the president-elect warned Boko Haram of the “strength of our collective will” which Nigeria possesses which he says will be used to crush the insurgents.

Buhari Issues Boko Haram Warning

In an address Wednesday after receiving his Certificate of Return as the president-elect, Mr. Buhari warned that the sect will soon know the “strength of our collective will”.

“No doubt, this nation has suffered greatly in the recent past, and its staying power has been tested to its limits by crises, chief among which is insurgency of the Boko Haram,” Buhari, a retired general, said in Abuja.

“There is no doubt that in tackling the insurgency we have a tough and urgent job to do. But I assure you that Boko Haram will soon know the strength of our collective will and commitment to rid this nation of terror, and bring back peace and normalcy to all the affected areas. We shall spare no effort until we defeat terrorism,” he said.

Mr. Buhari’s ascension to the presidency followed an electioneering campaign centred largely on his pledge to combat the sect and stamp out corruption.

Mr. Buhari, who won the 2015 election after losing three previous elections, noted that Nigeria had been through devastating and unprecedented violence in recent years.

He said the country and her citizens have suffered greatly, and that stopping terrorism had become a seemingly intractable challenge.

He assured that all efforts would be directed at ending terrorism and restoring peace in all parts of the country.

The president-elect has congratulated outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan for peacefully relinquishing power on Wednesday, a day after becoming the first politician in Nigeria’s history to remove a sitting leader at the ballot box.