President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the end of Boko Haram insurgency is near and the people behind it knowing that, have resorted to desperate measures to ensure they stay relevant.
He spoke on Sunday at the commissioning of the Pulaaku Radio in Yola, Adamawa.
Buhari gave an assurance to Nigerians that his administration would put an end to the bombings.
He also maintained that Boko Haram had been massively degraded and its surviving members put on the run.
“Instead of being hunters, they are now the hunted. In their desperation to stay relevant, they have resorted to the wicked and dastardly act of using innocent under-aged children to carry out suicide bomb attacks,” said Buhari who was represented by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed.
“But what we are witnessing now are the last kicks of a dying horse. Yes, these kicks may be dangerous, but they don’t last long. Progressively, they become weaker and weaker until the horse finally dies.”
“That is why I approved the establishment of an intelligence fusion centre in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, to gather and share intelligence among security agencies in the country. This will go a long way in ending this campaign of suicide bombing,” he said.
The president said the new phase would depend largely on information and communication, and therefore rallied the media, especially radio and television stations, to play their part in enlightening the populace.
“We are building on the nationwide campaign we launched last year, with the payoff line: ‘If you see something, say something’,” he said.
“It simply means that we need everyone to be involved in getting the necessary information to tackle the terrorists. They are not ghosts, and some of them live among us. We must all, therefore, support our gallant troops, many of whom have made the supreme sacrifice in this war, by providing information that can help rid our communities of terrorists.
“It is important for the media – especially radio and television – to continue to play their part in this war, by offering their platforms to communicate useful information to the populace. As part of our sensitisation campaign, which is still running on national radio and television as we speak, we put out those little signs that give up the terrorists, and which the people must watch out for. Help us communicate this information to the people.”
The President described also commended the timing of the radio station.