- Some Nigerians marched in Abuja to celebrate the successes recorded against Boko Haram terrorists operating in the northeast
- The group marched to the Presidential Villa and Wuse Market where they sang various songs and danced for the president and the military
- The group also urged Nigerians and other organizations to support the President Muhammadu Buhari's administration in the fight against terrorism
A group of Nigerians on Tuesday, November 21, marched to the Presidential Villa to celebrate President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian army for the successes made against Boko Haram terrorist organization.
These Nigerians under the aegis of Coalition for Peace and Stability marched from Unity Fountain to the popular Wuse Market where the paralysed activities in the market before heading to the Presidential Villa.
The group's national coordinator, Abdulmumini Tijani, said the military with the support of President Buhari has succeeded in the fight against terrorism in Nigeria.
Tijani said: "For us the Coalition for Peace and Stability, this is a testimony that President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to fulfilling his campaign promise of restoring security in the country. It is remarkable that keeping this promise has international impact because the global terrorism related deaths fell since the figures for Nigeria dropped.
“It is our earnest hope that this international impact will translate into positive gains like restored investors' interest in Nigeria.
“We also expect that those supporting evil by providing sustenance to Boko Haram will see this report as reason to cut off the lifeline they provide to terrorists. Human life is precious and sacred and nothing should be done to cut it short for whatsoever reason.
“Our coalition not only congratulate President Buhari on this positive report but also commend Mr President for this achievement considering that most of the efforts that have gone into degrading and defeating Boko Haram are homegrown.
“The president was able to achieve the improvement in terrorism ranking without going cap in hand to beg for foreign intervention," Tijani said.
Also commending the Nigerian army, Tijani called for the military to do all within its power to ensure that the remnants of the terrorist group is cleared off the nation.
He also urged other civil society groups, nongovernmental organizations and well meaning Nigerians to increase their support of President Buhari’s war on terror because our desire is to record zero terrorism related deaths.
Receiving the group at the Presidential Villa, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu thanked the group for their support to the anti-terrorism war of the current government.
Shehu said such is the kind of support the government needs as it works round the clock to ensure a terror-free Nigeria.
“This is the kind of support the government need at the critical time," a visibly elated Shehu said.
“I must assure you that the president is not relenting on his words that Nigeria must be free from terrorism.
“In fact, our gallant military troops are working day and night to ensure that all our towns and villages are captured from the extremists. As I speak, I can boldly tell you that no local government in Nigeria is under the control of the insurgents.
“Our soldiers are also helping to combat terrorism in neigbouring countries.
“That goes a long way to tell you that the government is keeping to its promise on war against insurgency," he added.
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NAIJ.com earlier reported that the recent Global Terrorism Index report said that Boko Haram killings has reduced in Nigeria by 80%.
The report also said Nigeria still occupied the same ranking it did in 2015 and 2016.
The Institute for Economics & Peace which released the report said the GTI monitored and measured impacts of terrorism in 163 countries, which covers 99.7 per cent of the world’s population.
Nigerian Air Force operations against Boko Haram on NAIJ.com TV: