President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated that Boko Haram has been degraded, but that its remaining members are still a nuisance around Lake Chad and would be treated as bandits.
The President, who stated this when he received the President of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Mr Peter Maurer, on Tuesday in Abuja, added that the Federal Government will step up efforts the fight against insurgency in the North-East region.
He said that is why the government is cooperating with Chad, Cameroon, Niger Republic, and other countries as well as using the Air Force quite effectively.
President Buhari explained that the government is concentrating on repairing damaged infrastructure, rehabilitation of internally displaced persons, providing education and good healthcare while also securing their communities so that they could return home.
He applauded the support of the ICRC and other humanitarian organizations.
In his remarks, Mr Maurer said Nigeria is the fifth largest operation of ICRC worldwide, and assured that the organization will continue to render humanitarian action to people affected by violence. He, however, condemned the recent killing of two officials of the organisation in the north-east.