President Muhammadu Buhari said Wednesday in Abuja that corruption within the Nigerian Military Hierarchy was a contributing for their failure to quickly defeat Boko Haram.
In statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu, President Buhari stated that “The loss of 14 local government areas to Boko Haram had greatly tarnished the reputation of the Nigerian Armed Forces.
“Measures taken by my Administration to curb corruption and provide better weaponry, logistics, training and welfare for soldiers on the frontlines, the Nigerian military has now almost totally incapacitated Boko Haram as a fighting force and recovered all territories that were lost to the terrorist sect.
“When we curbed corruption and removed the injustice in the military, we began to make progress,” President Buhari said. The war against terrorism is also a war against injustice, which is not condoned by Islam and all the major religions.
“You can’t kill the innocent in churches or in mosques and shout Allahu Akbar,” President Buhari said.
President Muhammadu Buhari made the statement on the visit of Dr. Ahmed El-Tayeb, who is current Grand Imam of al-Azhar and former president of al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt.
Ahmed El-Tayeb is considered to be one of the most moderate Sunni clerics in Egypt. Tayeb is a hereditary Sufi shaykh from Upper Egypt and has expressed support for a global Sufi league
Dr. El-Tayeb in return expressed solidarity with Nigeria in the war against terrorism indicating a clear global support for Nigeria against the unjust killing of the innocent by terrorists.
The President, who reaffirmed his Administration’s determination to resettle all persons who were displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency, thanked the Grand Imam for the donation of scholarships, educational and medical supplies to Nigeria’s Internally Displaced Persons.
Dr. El-Tayeb told President Buhari that Muslims all over the world share Nigeria’s pains from terrorism and will continue to support efforts to ensure the return of peace and unity amongst all faiths in the country.