President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that the Boko Haram insurgency which started in 2009 in the North-East would end this year .
He , however , urged the citizens to pray for the armed forces which is also undertaking operations against bandits and kidnappers in the North- West and part of North- Central .
Buhari, who spoke on Friday, during the Juma’ at prayer held in commemoration of the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day at the National Mosque , Abuja , declared that “ this is a year of action and we will finish what we are doing” .
Represented by the Defence Minister, Maj . Gen . Magashi Salihi, ( retd . ) , the President noted that “ what is happening in this country will soon be over.
“ This year , we will finish what we are doing ; pray for us that we succeed ” .
He said the nation will continue to remember the sacrifices made by members of the armed forces , and should not cease to pray for the repose of the souls of those that paid the supreme price while defending the territorial integrity of the nation .
He assured that the welfare and well -being of the families of the fallen heroes , as well as those who are still alive, would always top the priority list of the government .
Earlier, the Chief Imam of the National Mosque, Dr Mohammed Adams , prayed for the repose of the souls of the fallen heroes .
He also offered prayers for an end to insurgency , banditry and other social vices besetting the country.