Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen.

He made the comments on Wednesday, November 16, while receiving the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas in Maiduguri, Borno state.

“Your Excellency, I want to bring to your attention that while the Boko Haram insurgency can be said to have started in Nigeria, by and large as at today, I can say that almost 60 per cent of the insurgents are from our neighbouring countries,” Buratai said.

“You can see that almost all of the recently surrendered insurgents are not Nigerians. This is a challenge that impacts more on the Nigerian side than the other countries. But by and large, our military is up to the task and we will continue to do our best to ensure that our country is secured,” he added.

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Buratai also insisted that the war against the terrorists had largely been won but operations would continue until the insurgents surrender completely.