President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says remnants of Boko Haram in the North-east region of the country are bandits.

The President stated this when he received President of the International Committee of the Red Cross ICRC, Peter Maurer, at the State House, Abuja.

Buhari maintained that Boko Haram had been degraded, but its members are still a nuisance around Lake Chad and surrounding islands.

The President said the government was concentrating on repairing damaged infrastructure, rehabilitation of internally displaced persons, and securing their communities, so that they can return home.

He applauded the support of the ICRC and other humanitarian organisations, stressing that the government would not rest until all victims were rehabilitated.

He added that great progress had equally been made in disabusing the minds of people that the insurgency was religious.

Earlier, Maurer said Nigeria was the 5th largest operation of ICRC worldwide, and the organisation would continue to render humanitarian action to people affected by violence.