President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said Nigeria has made very significant progress towards ending the Boko Haram insurgency since his assumption of office on May 29, 2015.
He made this known at a meeting with the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki Moon on the sidelines of the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
According to President Buhari, the Nigerian Armed Forces in collaboration with the Multinational Joint Task Force, have driven the terrorist group from Nigerian territory into “fall-back positions”.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the president said: “They are currently not holding any territory today as we speak”.
Mr. Buhari informed Mr. Ki Moon that Nigeria will not relent in its pursuance of global action to reverse the receding Lake Chad and save the lives of those who depend on it for survival.
“With all due respect to our neighbours, Nigeria has been worst hit by the drying up of the Lake Chad and we are hoping that the global community will support the process of halting the drying up of the lake”, President Buhari said.
In his response, the United Nations Secretary-General commended the Nigerian leader for his courage in the fight against terrorism and corruption.
According to Mr. Ki Moon, Nigeria has made amazing progress against terrorism since President Buhari assumed office, while his ongoing war against corruption has boosted global confidence in the Nigerian economy.
He also tasked resident Buhari on the need to integrate the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals into Nigeria’s economic and environmental vision.