Lagos – National Security Advisor Sambo Dasuki has reportedly assured the country that the military force will get rid of Boko Haram militants within the next six weeks.
Dasuki's remarks come following the announcement of the postponement of the country's general elections over the weekend.
Security concerns were said to be the major reason for the postponement, as Boko Haram militants continued to represent a deadly threat to the stability of the country.
The elections which had initially been scheduled for 14 February have been moved to 28 March, while the state gubernatorial and legislative votes have been pushed to 11 April.
According to a Vanguard report, Dasuki, who secured the delay to the polls, said all known Boko Haram camps were set to be destroyed.
"They won't be there. They will be dismantled," Dasuki was quoted as saying when asked what gains could be made against the Islamists before the new polling date of 28 March.
Five regional nations have pledged to deploy 8 700 troops, police and
civilians as part of a regional effort to fight Nigeria's Boko Haram
Meanwhile, Boko Haram's leader Abubakar Shekau has vowed that his group will defeat the regional force.
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"Your alliance will not achieve anything. Amass all your weapons and face us. We welcome you," he said in a 28-minute speech, one of three videos posted by the Islamists on YouTube, according to an AFP report.