Former president Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in his two days official visit to Borno State commended the efforts of President Buhari in fighting Boko Haram insurgency in the north-eastern region of the country.
Chief Obasanjo lauded the efforts of the present administration of President Buhari during a visit to Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State at Government House, Maiduguri.
“I know that he (Buhari) is very, very concerned about the insurgency. He has got it right that first of all, there must be military ascendency over the insurgents,” he said.
Chief Obasanjo went further in expressing optimism that the Boko Haram insurgency would soon be a thing of the past.
He said: “I do travel a lot in Africa and outside Africa. Where I have gone in recent times, what the people wanted to know is how Nigeria is coping with the situation of insurgency. I think we are not out of the woods yet, but it appears we can see the light beyond the tunnel.
“There is no doubt that with the combined efforts at the local level, at the state level and at the federal level, even at the community level, that our security forces are on the ascendency over the forces of destruction and the menace of insurgency that we have experienced for almost six years now.”
He then commented on the improvement of the socio-economical infrastructure after years of insurgency in the state.
“My experience from the airport to Government House is that what I experienced in 2011 is different from what I experienced today.
“There is evidence that things are changing, the situation is improving. We pray that by the end of this year, no one will be in the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, camp again,” Obasanjo said.
He condoled with the state government over loss of lives and property to the insurgency in the state.
“I must commiserate with all our people in the state, and indeed the North East, who have been victims of the insurgency in the way that we have never experienced in the country before.
“There is no family in this state that had not really suffered in one form or the other. Please accept my condolences and that of my entire family.
“We pray that the souls of those who have lost their lives will be with their God,” Obasanjo said.
He appealed to political stakeholders in the country to visit the region frequently, so they can tell the true situation of things on ground.
“I think the more we have men and women of goodwill within and outside Nigeria coming here to show that the situation is gradually getting to normal the better it is for all of us,” Obasanjo asserted.