Nigeria will back any measures to end conflicts in Burundi and South Sudan – Buhari

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– President Muhammadu Buhari has promised that Nigeria will fully redeem its pledge of $100m  for the Multinational Joint Task Force

– Boko Haram’s capacity to conduct attacks has been “heavily degraded”


President Muhammadu Buhari has promised that Nigeria will redeem its pledge of $100million to the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) that is fighting against the Boko Haram sect.

The Nation reports that Buhari spoke on Friday, January 29, at a high-level meeting of the African Union Peace and Security Council in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The president said that the country released $21million to MNJTF in June 2015, adding that Nigeria would remit $79million very soon.

According to a statement issued by Femi Adesina, the president’s special adviser on media and publicity, Buhari further noted that Boko Haram’s capacity to conduct attacks has been “heavily degraded”

“As at now, there is no single Nigerian territory under the control of the insurgents other than their hideouts in Sambisa Forest.

“Displaced persons (IDPs) are now being resettled in their respective homes.

“This feat totally accords with our promise to Nigerians to rid the country of terrorism and extremism within few months of our assumption of office.

“Our efforts are already yielding dividends and we will not relent until the terrorist groups are totally decimated and wiped out of our country and sub-region,” the president said.

Further in his speech, Buhari stressed that Nigeria is ready to support measures to end the conflicts in Burundi and South Sudan.

“Let me reiterate Nigeria’s deep commitment to ensuring durable peace, stability and security on our continent.

“Without peace, there will be no development. It is therefore vital for all of us to join hands in taking appropriate measures to end the conflicts and bring a stop to the incalculable damage being inflicted on innocent citizens in the affected countries,” he said.

Meanwhile, former president Goodluck Jonathan has noted in a recent interview that the incumbent government is fighting against Boko Haram insurgents with the weapons which were purchased under his administration.

The ex-president said that the terrorism caught the country unexpectedly but his administration laid a solid foundation for insurgency to be defeated.