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Buhari says the emergence of Boko Haram sect was a plot to destroy Nigeria



President Muhammadu Buhari says the emergence of Boko Haram sect was fraudulent and a plot to destroy Nigeria.

The president stated this when he received the executive members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) at the State House, Abuja, on Wednesday.

Buhari noted that the security situation had improved over the years, particularly in the North-east where the sect largely operates.

He said the focus had shifted to rebuilding infrastructure and re-orientation on education.

He added that the gains recorded in security will be further consolidated and more attention will be given to the economy, before handing over on 29 May.

“I am very grateful for your visit to the Presidential Villa, and I agree with you on some of the observations you have made.

”The question of insecurity is most important to us because unless a country or institution is at peace, it will be difficult to manage.

“I just came back from Adamawa and Yobe States. During the visit to both states, I listened carefully to what the people and officials had to say. And they all said the situation had improved since 2015, especially in Borno.

“Boko Haram was just fraudulent and a plot to destroy Nigeria. You can’t say people should not learn; the people need to grow intellectually,’’ he said.

Buhari told the Catholic Bishops that the government will continue rebuilding infrastructure in parts of the country affected by terrorist attacks while underscoring that terrorists had no control over any space in Nigeria.

“Some people have acknowledged the difference,’’ he added.

On the economy, the president said creditors had full confidence in Nigeria, with the capacity to utilise resources and repay loans before the approvals were granted.

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