The Office of the Nigerian President responded to a Financial Times article that attacked the FG’s progress on insecurity and the economy, insisting that Boko Haram does not control any territory in Nigeria even though when Buhari got into power, the terrorist group controlled an area the size of Belgium.
This was disclosed in an online statement by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity, Garba Shehu on Sunday evening.
The Presidency totally condemned the article, “What is Nigeria’s Government For,” written by David Piling, and published on January 31, 2022, by the Financial Times. According to the statement by the Presidency, Shehu rejected the foreign media platform’s report on the performance of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.
He added that Financial Times leaves out security gains made by Buhari, adding that the terror organisation Boko Haram used to administer an area the size of Belgium at his inauguration, but now control no territory.
“The first comprehensive plan to deal with decades-old clashes between nomadic herders and sedentary farmers – experienced across the width of the Sahel – has been introduced: pilot ranches are reducing the competition for water and land that drove past tensions.”
He also added that banditry grew out of such clashes, citing that criminal gangs took advantage of the instability, flush with guns that flooded the region following the Western-triggered implosion of Libya.