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All Terrorists in North East Will Be Eliminated Within a Year – Presidency

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The activities of terrorists threatening the peace of Nigeria, especially in the North-east zone will be addressed by the authorities, in less than a year, Media Adviser to the President, Femi Adesina, has said.

While commenting on President Muhammadu Buhari’s assurance that Nigeria is close to ending the scourge of insurgency, Adesina said the administration could achieve that in the remaining 17 months of its stay in office, assuring that all those behind the insurgency would be eliminated before the end of the administration’s rule.

He said: “Nothing is impossible. I always refer to the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka. That rebellion lasted for 28 years, but one day, the mastermind of that rebellion was taken out and that was the automatic ending of it.

“Those who are behind this insurgency will be taken out. They are being taken out one after the other and it will get to a point that the last of them will be taken out and then we’ll get to the end of it, it can be done within 17 months, that remains for this institution,” he said.

Commenting on the ability of Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) operating in Borno state to fire rockets targeting areas in Maiduguri, the state capital, Adesina said the act was scaremongering to force President Buhari to cancel his official visit to the state.

According to him: “It was some sort of scaremongering. They wanted to frighten the president away, but they had forgotten that this President is a retired general, they had forgotten he is a man who can stand his own. They thought they will succeed in getting the president to cancel that visit, that was why they, possibly did what they did. “

“But we see that the President still went ahead with the visit and from all indications, it was a very successful visit. It is sad that some people lost their lives in that attack, but it shows you the cowardly nature of those behind these attacks,” he said.

Reminded that there have been statements in the past saying that the insurgents have been technically defeated and that the war was coming to an end, he said:“Well, let me start from the first aspect of what you said that we’ve had expressions, like, technically defeated in the past. Yes, everything that has been said is true.

“If you consider the nature of this insurgency from 2009, when it started till now, it has mutated in very many ways. And the current shape and state of it cannot be compared to what it was in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015. No, a lot has been done to weaken them. The technical word is degrade, a lot has been done to degrade those aggressors. And we can compare what happens today to what used to happen. It is just a matter of ending this thing. Continue Reading

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