This came as troops from the 151 Task Force Battalion, 21 Brigade on Sunday cleared remnants of Boko Haram terrorists from three villages in Iza general area, killing 25 Boko Haram terrorists and recovered some weapons.
Obasanjo was in Maiduguri , Borno State, to commission a project as part of activities marking the 40th anniversary celebration of University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID), Obasanjo said since President Buhari assumed office, he had come up with strategies in fighting the Boko Haram insurgency and that the insecurity which had ravaged the nation was under control.
The former president, who sneaked into the Maiduguri to kick start a dialogue process with the terrorist group, said the situation is now experiencing some degree of normalcy compare to what obtained in 2011.
Obasanjo, during a courtesy call on the state Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, said: “A lot of water has passed under the bridge in this part of the country. I must not forget to commiserate with all our people in this state and indeed the entire North-east who have been victims of insurgency in the way we have never witnessed it in this country before.
“As I have said with the governor, I do travel a lot in Africa and outside Africa and wherever I have gone in recent times, what people want to know is what and how Nigeria is coping with the situation of insurgency. Today, I think we are not out of the woods yet but it would appear that we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Shettima on his part, paid tribute to leadership qualities of the former president, insisting that the Boko Haram crisis would not have degenerated this bad if he were at the helm during the outbreak of the insurgency.