President Muhammadu Buhari says the terrorist group, Boko Haram, will be exterminated and an end to the nefarious activities of the insurgents in the North-Eastern part of the country.
The president said this at a summit of heads of state and government of the Lake Chad basin commission and Benin in Abuja on Saturday.
He also lamented the slow development in the region as a result of decades of neglect and poor infrastructural development.
Buhari asked leaders to be mindful of the fact that the military may not provide the desired results alone, while there is a need to also pursue a developmental approach to ending the crisis in the area.
He said, “The time has come for the evil of Boko Haram to be brought to a definitive end. I am sure that this summit will take the right decisions in this regard.
This is a fight to the finish. We must, and we will, by the grace of God, wipe out terrorism from our sub-region.
“The Lake Chad region has suffered decades of neglect and poor infrastructural development, the Boko Haram crisis in the last eight (8) years has worsened its already bad situation.
“We must take cognizance of the fact that sustainable growth and development of the sub-region is dependent on the quick attainment of peace and stability in the area.
“We must put an end to the crisis in the sub-region to enable meaningful development for its people. We must remain resolute and committed in our collective efforts at attaining peace as well as eradicating terrorism and violent extremism from the sub-region.
“Our military strategy must be complemented by the mobilization and deployment of adequate resources to ensure the reconstruction, rehabilitation and rebuilding of civil authority, as well as the provision of relief and succour for the affected.”