Nigerian President Plans to Do More on Security Over Boko Haram

(Bloomberg) -- Nigeria will equip the military to “overcome the insurgency” in the country’s northeast after pledging Monday to boost the nation’s security, President Muhammadu Buhari said.

“I’ll raise the standard of the Nigerian armed forces and get resources to encourage them to do better” in the fight against Boko Haram Islamists, Buhari said in an emailed statement Monday.

Boko Haram has targeted military bases in recent attacks. The Islamist group, a faction of which is allied to Islamic State’s so-called West Africa Province, has waged a nine-year campaign of violence in an attempt to impose its version of Islamic law of Africa’s biggest oil producer.

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