President Muhammadu Buhari said on Sunday that members of the Boko Haram sect have been ‘massively degraded.’
Buhari said the insurgents’ new methods of using innocent children for suicide bomb attacks were “the last kicks of a dying horse’’.
The President made these observations at the commissioning of the Pulaaku Radio Station in Yola, Adamawa State during the weekend.
Buhari, who was represented at the event by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, added that the war had moved to the next phase, which would be intelligence-driven.
He said, “Let me be clear, Boko Haram has been massively degraded and its surviving members put on the run.
“Instead of being hunters, they are now the hunted.
“In their desperation to stay relevant, they have resorted to the wicked and dastardly act of using innocent under-aged children to carry out suicide bomb attacks.
“What we are witnessing now are the last kicks of a dying horse.
“A dying horse manages to engage in some kicks. These kicks may be dangerous, but they don’t last long.
“Progressively, they become weaker and weaker until the horse finally gives up.’’
In carrying out the second phase of the war, the President said he had approved the establishment of an intelligence fusion centre in Maiduguri.
According to him, the commissioning of the Radio Station is, therefore, timely at the time it is needed to leverage information and communication to rev up the intelligence-driven phase of the war against terror.
“It simply means that we need everyone to be involved in getting the necessary information to tackle the terrorists. They are not ghosts, and some of them live among us.
“We must all, therefore, support our gallant troops, many of whom have made the supreme sacrifice in this war, by providing information that can help rid our communities of terrorists,’’ he said.