President Muhammadu Buhari has said Boko Haram’s military capability has been significantly weakened by his administration.
Mr Buhari stated this in a statement signed by his spokesman, Garba Shehu on Sunday.
He was reacting to the recent attack by the terrorists in Garkida a town in Adamawa state on Friday where houses were said to have been razed down with residents fleeing for their safety.
The president also who also sympathized with victims said the attack is a sign of frustration on the part of the terrorists.
This is despite reports of soldiers who went to engage the terrorists in a gun battle withdrawing for reinforcement.
“These attacks on soft targets by the terrorists are obvious signs of frustration because my administration has significantly weakened Boko Haram’s military capability to invade and hold Nigerian territory unchallenged,” the president said.
“Our gallant forces deserve our appreciation for repelling the attackers but they must go beyond this point. They have our full support to go after the terrorists and have them pay a huge price. I want to assure the country that terrorists will continue to face the combined power of our military until they give up their mistaken ways.
“These occasional and episodic attacks on poor civilians by the terrorists are mere propaganda efforts to portray them as strong in order to fool the public into believing that they haven’t been militarily weakened by our gallant troops.
“Security will continue to be well funded despite the competing needs of social services. I appeal to Nigerians to continue to support our troops in their gallant efforts to protect the citizens and secure the country,” he added.