President Muhammadu Buhari has said the war against Boko Haram has been difficult for soldiers because majority of them are not very familiar with the North East.
He said this while speaking with a cross-section of Nigerians in Poland on the sidelines of the global summit on Climate Change.
He said most of the soldiers were from places like Lagos, Port Harcourt, Sokoto giving the terrorists an advantage over them in navigating the area.
Buhari however said the country was winning the war. He explained that the terrorists had been in charge of about 17 local governments before his administration came on board, saying they had now been dislodged from the areas.
â€œThose in the north-east will tell you that before we came, the so-called Boko Haram used to hold about 17 local governments. Now, physically, they are not holding any local government. So they have resorted to real guerilla tactics of hit and run.
â€œThey mobilise, hit targets and then disappear again because they know the area more than the soldiers that are defending them. Our soldiers are from Port Harcourt, Lagos, Sokoto, but they are locally there and know the terrain more than the soldiers.