Festus Keyamo, Minister of State for Labour and Employment, has stated that President Muhammadu Buhari’s government has decreased Boko Haram’s control to “nearly nothing.”
The minister, who claimed that the Buhari administration inherited the Boko Haram problem, also acknowledged that the militants have not been completely eradicated.
During an interview with Trust TV on Monday, the spokesperson for the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign remarked.
“What did we inherit?” he asked. The Boko Haram crisis was passed down to us. They had taken over more than fourteen municipal administrations in the northeast at the time and raised their flags. We inherited the farmers-herders conflict that had existed prior to [Olusegun] Obasanjo’s presidency. These are existential quandaries.
“What have we done about those two problems? A club like El-Kanemi Football Club of Borno that were playing their football matches in Bauchi because of insecurity— nobody could gather in one place in Maiduguri to watch a football match – now El-Kanemi is back to Maiduguri, that is success.
“Boko Haram hasn’t been totally wiped out, but it has reduced significantly because we constructively engaged our neighbours. We reduced them to almost nothing. I’m not saying these things have totally wiped out, but on the scale of what we met and on the scale of what we have, it has reduced significantly.”