Nigeria defence minister: We can win

2014-03-08 22:01
(Haruna Umar, AP)

(Haruna Umar, AP)

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Abuja - Nigeria's new defence minister says the country's north-eastern Islamic uprising is "daunting but surmountable" and promises to make Nigeria safe.

Retired General Aliyu Gusau takes up his new post as the much-criticised military reports success in repelling attacks by Islamic extremists it says are on the run. More than 400 people have been killed in attacks since February.

A Defence Ministry statement on Friday says heightened and aggressive patrols continue while useful information is being gleaned from captured suspects including a "human butcher" who boasts of using only daggers and cutlasses.

Gusau, from the predominantly Muslim north, took up the reins on Friday saying: "The challenges are evidently daunting but surmountable."

He promised there is a collective resolve to give Nigerians confidence "that the country is indeed a safe place for everyone."

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