Nigeria Ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday commended President Muhammadu Buhari on his efforts to end the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East.
Obasanjo disclosed this on Monday, March 28, 2016, during a visit to the Government House in Maiduguri, Borno State.
“A lot of water has passed under the bridge in this part of the country. I must not forget to commiserate with all our people in this state and indeed the entire North-East, which have been victims of insurgency in the way we have never witnessed in this country before,” he said.
“I travel a lot in Africa and outside Africa, and wherever I have gone in recent times, what people want to know is what and how Nigeria is coping with the situation of insurgency. Today, I think we are not out of the woods yet but it would appear that 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, and even at the community level, our security forces are on the ascendancy over the forces of destruction, the menace and danger of insurgency that we have experienced for almost six years now.
“Talking to the President (Buhari) about the issue of insurgency in particular and insecurity in general, I know that he is very, very concerned, and not only very concerned, he has got it right.
“He (Buhari) has ensured that where they (Boko Haram) have occupied is cleared of any mines. Where you have mines, lives are not only insecure, people feel intimidated for you never know when you may step on them,” he added
This came as Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima, poured encomiums on former President Olusegun Obasanjo, describing him as a man with rare courage committed to national unity and development.