President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday said that terror group, Boko Haram has weakened and lacks the capability to occupy the north-eastern zone or any part of the country.
This was contained in a statement by Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who represented Buhari at the second plenary meeting of Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), near Port Harcourt.
He said, “On security, we are on course to militarily route Boko Haram and make them incapable of taking over any territory.
“Suicide bombings on some parts of the North- East are desperate acts of terrorists to create a sense that they are still in play.
“But, with vigilance and local intelligence, we will make these cowardly acts practically impossible,” he said.
Speaking on corruption, he said, “Our fight against corruption is not just a battle of virtue and righteousness in our land, but it is a fight for the soul and substance of our nation.
“Corruption in our country is endemic and it constitutes a parallel system.”
According to the President, corruption has made a potentially prosperous country struggle to feed and provide jobs for its people.
“Hundreds of thousands of infants and maternal mortality statistics, hundreds of thousands deaths from communicable diseases are traceable to the greed and corruption of a few, “he said.
Buhari urged Nigerians to think of reviving the nation`s economy because two-thirds of Nigerians live in extreme poverty.
“They must be helped, first to survive, and then, fully participate in the economy of the nation.
“Consequently, we must create tenets for the very poor and vulnerable, while ensuring that social spending also resurrects investments in the economy.
“We must invest substantially in relevant education; teachers training and vocational and entrepreneurial training,” Buhari said.
The President said a way out, was for all Nigerians to invest in infrastructure and all crucial components in the medium and long term means of diversifying the economy.
“Meanwhile, we must block all leakages and improve on our revenue base,” he said.