President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, said Nigeria has “technically won the war” against Islamist sect Boko Haram.
Speaking with the BBC in an interview, Buhari noted that the militant group could no longer mount “conventional attacks” against security forces or population centres.
The president said the terror group had been reduced to fighting with Improvised Explosives Devices (IED) and remained a force only in Borno state where the insurgency started.
“Boko Haram has reverted to using improvised explosive devices (IEDs),” he said. “Indoctrinating young guys… they have now been reduced to that.
“But articulated conventional attacks on centres of communication and populations.. they are no longer capable of doing that effectively.
“So I think technically we have won the war because people are going back into their neighbourhoods. Boko Haram as an organised fighting force, I assure you, that we have dealt with them,” President Buhari said.
A December 31 deadline had been set for the Army to win the war against insurgency. Following this, the force had moved to decimate the terrorists one town at a time.
Information Minister Lai Mohammed had also on Wednesday said that the war against the sect had been “largely won.”
Boko Haram has killed more than 15,000 people since it began its campaign of violence in the country in 2009.