BreakingNews 19/5/16 - Corruption prevented military from defeating Boko Haram -Buhari

[ Masterweb Reports: Isiaka Wakili reports ] - President Muhammadu Buhari says corruption was largely responsible for the inability of the Nigerian military to quickly defeat Boko Haram. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba  Shehu, quoted Buhari as saying this at the Presidential Villa in Abuja yesterday while speaking at an audience with the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Dr. Ahmed El-Tayeb.
 
The president was also quoted as saying that the loss of 14 local government areas to Boko Haram had greatly tarnished the reputation of the Nigerian Armed Forces.
Buhari, however, noted that with measures taken by his government to curb corruption and provide better weaponry, logistics, training and welfare for soldiers on the frontlines, the military had now almost totally incapacitated Boko Haram as a fighting force and recovered all territories lost to the sect.
 

“When we curbed corruption and removed the  injustice in the military, we began to make progress,” President Buhari said.
 

The president welcomed the support of Muslims across the world for Nigeria’s war against Boko Haram, saying the war against terrorism was also a war against injustice which, according to him, 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.
 

He said the visit of Dr. El-Tayeb and his expression of solidarity with Nigeria in the war against terrorism was a clear indication of global Muslim support for Nigeria against the unjust killing of the innocent by terrorists.
 

Buhari reiterated his administration’s determination to resettle all persons displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency.
 

He thanked El-Tayeb for the donation of scholarships, educational and medical supplies to Nigeria’s Internally Displaced Persons.
 

El-Tayeb was said to have earlier told Buhari that Muslims all over the world shared Nigeria’s pains from terrorism and would continue to support efforts to ensure the return of peace and unity amongst all faiths in the country.
 
*Photo Caption - President Muhammadu Buhari
 
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