Just two years after Jesus uttered these words during a vision to a Nigerian bishop, Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari announced that the Boko Haram terrorist group has been driven from its forest camp and its fighters scattered.
The Associated Press is reporting on President Buhari’s announcement, which came this week, in which he commended Nigerian troops for “finally entering and crushing the remnants of the Boko Haram insurgents at Camp Zero,” which is located deep within the heart of Sambisa Forest.
Buhari announced that the “long-awaited and most gratifying news of the final crushing of Boko Haram terrorists in their last enclave” and declared “the terrorists are on the run, and no longer have a place to hide.”
As the AP reports, the Sambisa Forest was where Boko Haram was believed to be holding some of more than 200 schoolgirls who were kidnapped in April 2014 from a school in the town of Chibok, an act that sparked international outrage.
“Further efforts should be intensified to locate and free our remaining Chibok girls still in captivity. May God be with them,” Buhari said.
Thus far, 197 of the girls remain missing.
Boko Haram’s seven-year uprising has left more than 20,000 people dead and driven another 2.3 million people from their homes, creating a massive humanitarian crisis. According to the United Nations, another 5.1 million people are in danger of starvation in northeast Nigeria where Boko Haram ambushes make humanitarian aid difficult to deliver.
In 2014, at the height of the group’s reign of terror, Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of the Diocese of Maiduguri in the hard-hit Borno state, was praying for God’s help against Boko Haram when he received a powerful message from Jesus.
“Towards the end of last year I was in my chapel before the Blessed Sacrament… praying the rosary, and then suddenly the Lord appeared,” Bishop Dashe told EWTN News shortly after the apparition occurred.
At first, Jesus said nothing, but extended a sword toward him which he reached out to take.
“As soon as I received the sword, it turned into a rosary,” the bishop said.
Jesus then told him three times: “Boko Haram is gone.”
“I didn’t need any prophet to give me the explanation,” the bishop said. “It was clear that with the rosary we would be able to expel Boko Haram.”
At first, he didn’t want to tell anyone what had happened but said he felt that “the Holy Spirit was pushing him to do so.”
Bishop Doeme started by telling the priests in his diocese, then participants in a conference in Madrid, Spain. Eventually, word of the apparition spread throughout the world where unknown millions of the faithful began to pray the rosary for the liberation of Nigeria from the brutal grip of the terror group.
Since that time, Boko Haram has been suffering steady losses of fighters, food, ammunition and strongholds, which indicated that ongoing efforts to eradicate the group were slowly beginning to succeed.
Although President Buhari’s announcement is welcome news, the fight is not yet won. According to the AP, insurgents are regrouping in other areas of the country, which means suicide bombings, village attacks and assaults on remote military outposts are likely to continue for some time.
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