Fighters from militant Islamist group, Boko Haram, are surrendering “en masse” in Chad, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has said, according to a BBC report.
Boko Haram launched its insurgency in north-eastern Nigeria in 2009, but has stepped up operations in Chad and other neighbouring states in recent years.
Speaking at a regional peace and security meeting in Senegal’s capital, Dakar, Buhari said that both Nigerian and Chadian members of Boko Haram were surrendering in Chad following an offensive launched by a multinational force.
President Buhari said the end of Boko Haram was “in sight”, with the militants holding no territory in any of Nigeria’s 774 local government areas.
“We are now operating in the Sambisa Forest and as far as Boko Haram is concerned in the Lake Chad Basin area, I think they are done for.”