‘President will defeat Boko Haram,’ Babangida says

Babangida also condemned the recent atrocities committed by the sect saying that they do not reflect the teachings of the Islamic faith.

President Muhammadu Buhari

Former Head of State, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) has expressed confidence in the ability of President Muhammadu Buhari to defeat Boko Haram.

The former military ruler made the comments in a statement released on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

“I have implicit confidence in my mind that President Muhammadu Buhari will put the final nail on the coffin of Boko Haram so that Nigeria can truly assume her greatness in the comity of nations,” Babangida said.

On the sect, he said:

“…the incessant killings and bloodletting by members of the Boko Haram leave a sour taste in my mouth. For want of no discernible ideology, they have continued to portray Islam in very bad light, making members of other religions to perceive us with scorn.”

“Islam, which I was born into, some 74 years ago, is a very peaceful religion that preaches brotherliness and togetherness. It is a religion that encourages love, affection and respect for our neighbours and mankind. It is one religion that has an abiding influence on its adherents to cooperate with one another and promote peace in their respective communities. May God touch the hearts of these insurgents so that the untoward act of bloodletting will permanently cease.”

Babangida also urged the media to focus on the military victories scored against Boko Haram instead of the atrocities committed by the sect.

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Watch Buhari speak to CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Boko Haram below:

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