A presidency on reverse: We have not defeated Boko Haram

President Buhari has said his government will not proclaim victory over Boko Haram yet.

The President was responding to Pakistani child rights activist, Malala Yousafzai.

The President also offered explanations to the teenage girl about the ongoing efforts to rescue the kidnapped girls.

A statement from the Ministry of Information said Mr. Buhari signed a letter he sent to Malala two days ago.

The president said “in line with my pledge, we will not declare that Boko Haram is defeated yet.

“This is because we are yet to rescue all the Chibok girls and all other innocent persons held hostage by the insurgents.

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“Security agencies are intensifying their efforts to ensure freedom for all those who remain in captivity,” the statement said.

The reassurance is a breakaway from Mr. Buhari’s oft declarations that Boko Haram have been finally defeated.

One of such comments came when he delivered his Independence Day speech on October 1, 2016.

“On Security, we have made progress. Boko Haram was defeated by last December.

“They have resorted to cowardly attacks on soft targets, slaying innocent men, women, and children,” Buhari said.

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“The released Chibok girls are being given comprehensive medical, nutritional, and psychological care.

“Anyone who has seen them in recent times will attest to the fact that their reintegration is progressing well.

“The Federal Government believes that it is not too late for the girls to go back to school.

“We are doing everything possible to ensure that they continue the pursuit of their studies,” he said.

The President also commended Ms. Malala for her continuing concern for the release of the remaining Chibok girls.

He added that “There is no better example of the fact that we are all linked by our common humanity”.