Buhari: Boko Haram now mere scavengers desperate for food/ Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says Boko Haram insurgents are now mere scavengers desperate for food raiding shops and markets.

The deadly sect has killed several people and left many displaced since it came into existence in 2009.

In the recent times, the group appeared to be waxing stronger, launching calculated attacks on military bases and several communities in the North East – despite claims by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration’s claim the sect had been “technically defeated.”

But speaking during a virtual meeting in the Presidential Villa on Tuesday, Buhari claimed his administration has recorded significant process in tackling the group.

According to him, what is left of them are: “mere scavengers desperate for food, raiding shops and markets, and killing innocent persons in the process.”

In a statement, Garba Shehu, his spokesman, quoted him as saying that “these terrorists are in the localities. How is it that they are not short of small arms? We have said enough on the need for them to rejig their operations.”

“I am glad that there is better synergy and cooperation which are very important. I have directed the Service Chiefs to meet among themselves in-between the National Security Council meetings.

“The services have resources; yes, they need more, and mobility, and are doing their best, but there is a need for better gathering and interpretation of intelligence. Our intelligence-gathering must be improved.”

“The Chief of Defence Staff has spoken about their study of the forests and their potential danger to security. We must make sure we follow the bandits and terrorists, but there must not be deforestation in view of the climate situation.”