President Muhammadu Buhari said that the administration of Boko Haram has been considerably weakened by his administration.
Mr. Buhari stated this in a statement signed by his spokesperson, Garba Shehu on Sunday.
He responded to the recent terrorist attack in Garkida, a town in the state of Adamawa on Friday, where houses would have been destroyed with residents fleeing for their safety.
The president, who also sympathized with the victims, said the attack is a sign of frustration on the part of the terrorists.
This is despite reports from soldiers who were going to involve the terrorists in a firefight that withdrew for reinforcement.
“These terrorist attacks by terrorists are obvious signs of frustration, as my government has considerably weakened Boko Haram’s military ability to invade Nigerian territory and keep it intact,” the president said.
“Our brave forces deserve our appreciation for repelling the attackers, but they must go beyond this point. They have our full support to go after the terrorists and make them pay a huge price. I want to assure the country that terrorists will continue to face the combined power of our army until they give up their wrong ways.
“These incidental and episodic attacks on poor civilians by terrorists are mere propaganda efforts to portray them so strongly that the public is being fooled into believing that they have not been militarily weakened by our brave troops.
“Security will be well funded despite the competitive needs of social services. I appeal to Nigerians to continue supporting our troops in their brave efforts to protect civilians and protect the country, “he added.