Presidency responds to Financial Times, says Boko Haram does not control any territory

The Nigerian President’s office responded to a Financial Times article that attacked the FG’s progress on insecurity and the economy, insisting that Boko Haram does not control any territory in Nigeria even though when Buhari arrived in power, the terrorist group controlled an area the size of Belgium.

This was revealed in an online declaration by the President’s Senior Special Assistant for Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Sunday evening.

The presidency totally condemned the article, “What is the Nigerian government for? » written by David Piling and published on January 31, 2022 by the Financial Times.

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What the presidency says

According to the presidential statement, Shehu rejected the report by the foreign media platform on the performance of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.

He added that the Financial Times omitted the security gains made by Buhari, adding that the terrorist organization Boko Haram administered an area the size of Belgium when he took office, but now controls no territory.

“The first comprehensive plan to address the decades-old clashes between nomadic herders and sedentary farmers – experienced across the breadth of the Sahel – has been introduced: pilot ranches reduce competition for water and land that has drives past tensions”.

He also added that banditry has grown out of such clashes, citing that criminal gangs have taken advantage of the instability, with gunfire, that has swamped the region following Libya’s implosion sparked by the West.

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In case you missed it

The Financial Times reported last month that it published an article titled “ What is the Nigerian government for“, where the writer, David Piling said that, “Buhari oversaw two periods of economic crisis, mounting debt and a calamitous increase in kidnappings and banditry – the only thing you would have thought a former general could control. Familiar candidates to replace him, for most recycled old people, are already counting their money before a costly election marathon.It takes about $2 billion to elect a president.Those who pay expect to be reimbursed.

“Almost all of the energy, dynamism and wealth creation in Nigeria happens outside of government. New, unregulated businesses in the booming technology, fashion, design and creative arts sector are flourishing. Every day tens of millions of Nigerians survive despite the best efforts of those who are supposed to protect them“they added.

James V. Hayes