Nigerian president says Boko Haram not better equipped than military

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ADAMAWA, NIGERIA - MAY 15: A tank belonging to Boko Haram is seen after the Nigerian army seized it in the city of Yola in Adamawa province, Nigeria on May 15, 2015. The Nigerian Army has taken back the Mararaba and Michika areas of the city of Yola, in Adamawa province, which were under the control of Boko Haram. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A tank belonging to Boko Haram is seen after the Nigerian army seized it in the city of Yola in Adamawa province, Nigeria on May 15, 2015. (Photo by Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday denied the assumption that Boko Haram, the militant group inside the country, has far more weapons and money than the government and its military.

Buhari, at a virtual security meeting with state governors and security chiefs, said there is nothing left of the militants at present, describing them as “mere scavengers desperate for food, raiding shops, and markets, and killing innocent persons in the process.”

However, he expressed concern that criminal groups and militants continued to have access to small weapons.

Buhari also expressed satisfaction with the level of support from neighboring countries managing security efforts.

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