President Muhammadu Buhari says Niger Delta militants were unleashed on his administration.
Buhari said this on Wednesday while commenting on the challenges his government encountered when it came on board.
He said through dedication and hard work, his government was able to surmount those challenges.
The president spoke at a mega rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) which held at Eagle Square, Abuja.
“When we came in, Boko Haram was controlling 17 local government areas and even operating here in Abuja but today that is no longer happening,” he said.
“What Boko Haram is doing now is to indoctrinate some young people. Our government faced so many challenges… militants were unleashed on my administration but we have been able to make progress.”
Buhari spoke a few hours after some militants endorsed his reelection bid.
The resurgence of militancy under Buhari happened in the heat of economic recession. Led by a group known as the Niger Delta Avengers, the militants blew up several oil pipelines in the region.
This affected the country’s oil production and created economic instability.