Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has said he hopes that all territory seized by Islamist militant group Boko Haram will be retaken within a month. “They are getting weaker and weaker by the day,” he told the BBC.
But he admitted the security forces had been slow to respond to the insurgents’ initial advance in north-east Nigeria. Nigeria’s army has recently claimed a series of victories over the militants. The violence has killed more than 15,500 people since 2012.