- An advocacy group has commended the president and the military chiefs for their effort in fighting terrorism in Nigeria
- The group said the recent ranking of Nigeria on terrorism index is a reflection of the leadership being provided by President Buhari
- The centre also called for an increase in the president's support for the military so to ensure that the 20% deaths can be further avoided
An advocacy centre has commended the effort of the President Muhammadu Buhari's led administration in fighting terrorism in Nigeria.
The centre, Save Humanity Advocacy Centre (SHAC) said the recent ranking by the Institute for Economics and Peace on terrorism index around the globe is a reflection of the leadership being provided by President Buhari.
SHAC in a statement signed by its executive secretary, Ibrahim Abubakar, also commended the service chiefs for the effort in the war against terrorism in Nigeria and around the Chad Basin.
Abubakar said the release of the Global Terrorism Index ranking Nigeria’s efforts towards ending Boko Haram by 80 per cent is not new to those in the country.
He said it is clear that the activities of the terrorists operating in the northeast have been reduced to the nearest minimal level in the country.
He said such effort remains a welcome development and a mirror for the military and the Nigerian authorities to evaluate their strategies in the war against terror.
Abubakar said: "It is on record that we have had cause to make several interventions in the past owing to the sheer ferocity of Boko Haram's attacks on civilians. It is a situation that we have continually monitored while we at several times called on the federal government and the Nigerian Army to intensify efforts in safeguarding the lives of the populace."
"We further learnt from the report that the drop in the number of deaths from terrorists' attacks is attributable to the decreased activity of Boko Haram in Nigeria "following their respective military setbacks".
"The decline in Nigeria was due to sustained military action by the Nigerian government and neighbouring countries against Boko Haram, forcing them to abandon territory they had previously controlled. However, they have expanded their terrorist activities in the neighbouring countries of Cameroon and Niger. Both countries have seen a significant rise and are now amongst the ten countries with the highest number of deaths from terrorism and are in the top 20 on the GTI. "
"It is remarkable that someone if finally admitting that the government and military efforts dealing with terrorism is finally paying off and on a large scale for that matter. Nigeria is just one of the two countries with reduction in deaths from terrorism, the other country being Iraq," Abubakar said.
He said the implication of the report is that hundreds and thousands of lives have been saved in one year, which shows the administration’s commitment to the global war against terrorism and focus on reducing needless human suffering.
The advocacy group further said the president and his team have succeeded in restoring the restored hope that it is a matter of time before deaths from these demented killers.
Abubakar also appealed to President Buhari to increase his support for the military so to ensure that the 20% deaths can be further avoided.
He said such will quickly bring the country to a point where terrorism related deaths are a thing of the past.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Global Index report for 2017 said that Boko Haram killings have reduced in Nigeria by 80%.
The reports said Nigeria still occupies the same ranking as it did in 2015 and 2016.
Also, Iraq and Afghanistan also have their rankings unchanged in the past three years.
Nigerian Air Force operations against Boko Haram on NAIJ.com TV