Nigerian President: We will take back land from Boko Haram

By Amy R. Connolly  |  March 20, 2015 at 6:45 AM
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LAGOS, Portugal, March 20 (UPI) -- Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan vowed to take back territories seized by Boko Haram extremists and continue to resist the group's violent campaigns.

As Nigerian voters head to the polls in days, Jonathan said the areas taken by Boko Haram will be reclaimed in a month and the government will fight back against any more attempts. At the same time, however, Boko Haram troops advanced on Gamboruin northeast Nigeria, killing 11.

"The Federal Government is fully committed to ending this Boko Haram insurgency, as our troops have already freed this state from terrorists and their activities in the North-East sub-region of Nigeria," he told The Guardian.

"As I speak, I am so happy to announce that Yobe has been freed of Boko Haram, as all territories originally under the control of the sect members have been recaptured by our able troops, and we will, henceforth, resist any attempt by the sect members or any group to take control of any territory."

Jonathan will face off against former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari in an election that has been delayed more than six weeks due to security concerns from Boko Haram, which is seeking to install an Islamic government in Nigeria.

The Boko Haram, a militant group that recently pledged its allegiance to the Islamic State, has killed thousands in Nigeria since 2012.

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