Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Boko Haram fighters are surrendering “en masse” in Chad.
President Buhari was speaking at a regional summit on peace and security in Dakar.
According Buhari, both Nigerian and Chadian Boko Haram fighters are downing their guns in Chad following intensified offensive launched by a multinational force.
Last September, the Nigerian army launched an operation targeting the militant’s hideouts. The operation registered success with about 135 Boko Haram being killed in the air raid in a small town not far from the border with Cameroon. Militant weapons were also destroyed.
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.
Muhammadu Buhari noted that the end of Boko Haram now linked to Islamic State terrorist group was “in sight”, with the militants holding no territory in any of Nigeria’s 774 local government areas.