The Nigerian Military are Winning the Battle Against Boko Haram – Buhari

Nigeria's former military ruler and opposition party All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari meets with U.S Secretary of State John Kerry at the U.S. consulate house in Lagos, Nigeria, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. In a rare high-level visit to Africa's most populous country, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday urged Nigeria's leading presidential candidates to refrain from fomenting violence after next month's vote, and he condemned savage attacks by Boko Haram, an al-Qaida-linked insurgency. (AP Photo/Akintunde Akinleye, Pool)
Nigeria’s former military ruler and opposition party All Progressives Congress (APC) then presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari meets with U.S Secretary of State John Kerry at the U.S. consulate house in Lagos, Nigeria, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. In a rare high-level visit to Africa’s most populous country. (AP Photo/Akintunde Akinleye, Pool)

President Muhammadu Buhari has applauded the support of the U.S. for their intelligence tips as they are gradually winning the fight against Boko Haram.

Buhari made said comments while hosting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday, Kerry made a two-day visit to Nigeria to discuss U.S.-Nigeria relations.

Buhari, who has always been on the forefront of tackling the deadly Islāmic group in the country told journalists on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja that his administration is grateful for the assistance they have received from the U.S. government in their bid to combat Boko Haram.

“The training and intelligence that we could not muster ourselves, we received. The training has made Boko Haram less of a threat to Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin region, while the military hardware has given our troops added confidence,” Buhari said.

Meanwhile, Buhari has promised Nigerians that his administration is in top gear to clamp down heavily on any individuals found guilty of corruption.

“We will insist on the standards we’re establishing. We are laying down administrative and financial instructions in the public service that must be obeyed. Any breach will no longer be acceptable,” he said.

“We will retrain our staff, so that they understand the new orientation. And those who run foul of these rules will be prosecuted, no matter who is involved. But we will be fair, just, and act according to the rule of law. Anyone perceived corrupt is innocent till we can prove it. We will work very hard to establish documentation for successful prosecution, and those in positions of trust will sit up,” the president said.