President Goodluck Jonathan has said the tide has “definitely turned” against Boko Haram as regional forces recapture territory from the militants.
President Jonathan’s comments came hours after Boko Haram militants were blamed for killing 27 people in bombings in two commercial centres in the north on Tuesday, according to a BBC report.
Boko Haram had hit “soft targets” because of the setbacks it had suffered in battle, Mr Jonathan said.
Regional forces have recaptured eight major towns in recent weeks.
The Nigerian military, backed by regional troops, is now taking the war to Boko Haram, rather than fleeing the battlefield, our correspondent adds.
However, at least six major towns are still held by Boko Haram, he says.
Many residents fear the militants will regroup and launch a new offensive to regain territory, he adds.