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Nigerian President Says Tougher Days Await Boko Haram
Edited by Li Jing 

Nigerian leader Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said his government would work to reinforce and reinvigorate the fight against terror group Boko Haram, which was attempting new series of attacks on soft targets.

Buhari, in his first official broadcast to the nation since returning from a 104-day medical vacation in London, urged security agencies not to let the successes achieved in the last 18 months in the fight against Boko Haram be a sign to relax.

"Terrorists and criminals must be fought and destroyed relentlessly so that the majority of us can live in peace and safety," said the 74-year-old retired Army General and former head of military government.

Last Tuesday, Nigeria launched a special military force to enhance security network against Boko Haram, particularly in the northeast region.

Named "special mobile strike force," the troops deployed from various military units, are expected to bring vigor into the renewed onslaught against Boko Haram, which has killed more than 20,000 and displaced 2.3 million people in its attacks since 2009.

The special military team became necessary as one of the new approaches evolved by the military to end acts of terrorism in the West African country, an official said.

Soldiers deployed to the force were exposed to modern terrorism combat techniques to enable them to crush the Boko Haram fighters, deny them freedom of action and finally decimate them.

In the past two months, the Nigerian troops had intensified its campaign against the terrorists, killing and arresting dozens of Boko Haram fighters. A bomb factory in the northeastern state of Borno was also destroyed.

The Nigerian government would also reinforce against kidnappings, farmers and herdsmen clashes, in addition to ethnic violence fuelled by political mischief makers, Buhari told the nation in the early Monday national broadcast.

The president flew out of Nigeria on May 7, on medical vacation, and got a rousing welcome upon his arrival in Abuja on Saturday.

In his national broadcast, the Nigerian leader called on citizens to shun petty differences and come together to face common challenges of political evolution and integration as well as economic security and lasting peace among others, adding "I remain resolutely committed to ensuring that these goals are achieved and maintained."

(Xinhua News Agency, August 21, 2017) 

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