The jihadi group Boko Haram have been revealed as the most brutal terror organisation last year, killing more people than ISIS.
The surprising findings come as two female suicide bombers, one thought to be as young as 11, blew themselves up at a busy market in the Nigerian city of Kano, killing 15 people late last week.
The new report on global terrorism by the Institute of Economics and Peace reveals that Boko Haram murdered 6,664 people last year in comparison to ISIS’s 6,073 victims.
The Institute for Economics and Peace is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit think tank with offices in Sydney, New York and Mexico City.
Boko Haram, who pledged their allegiance to ISIS in Syria and Iraq earlier this year, have frequently used child suicide bombers and mass kidnappings to stamp their authority in north-eastern Nigeria.
They changed their name to Islamic State in West Africa after declaring their allegiance to ISIS in Syria and Iraq in March 2015.
The battle against terrorism in Nigeria remains a long campaign for President Buhari, who recently claimed that Nigerian troops were denied weapons to fight Boko Haram.
He also claimed that thousands of lives were lost because of rampant fraud in the procurement process.
Buhari ordered anyone involved in corrupt multi-billion dollar deals for weapons and equipment to be ‘brought to book’ after receiving a report from a committee set up to probe the issue.
Former national security advisor Sambo Dasuki is accused of awarding some $2 billion in ‘fictitious and phantom contracts’ for fighter jets, helicopters and bombs that never materialised.
But he hit back, denying anything untoward and stating that sensitive military deals and payments were all sanctioned by former president Goodluck Jonathan.
‘All contracts and accruing payments were with the approval of the president and commander-in-chief of the armed forces,’ he said in a statement.
‘Once the ex-president approved, the former NSA paid. So, there was due process for every purchase in line with regulations guiding arms procurement for the armed forces..
But his assertions that former President Goodluck Jonathan knew about the payments in question will be explosive in Nigeria and could see pressure on the former president to answer questions.
But in a swift reaction the former President insisted at a forum in Washington DC, says his government never awarded any contract in the range of $2 billion dollars.
Jonathan noted that the claims by the Buhari administration that he awarded $2bn arms contract was false and unsubstantiated.
“Where did the money come from?.” He asks in frustration
“Sometimes, I feel sad when people mention these figures,” he added.
Touching on his successor, President Jonathan said, “When the President Buhari paid official visit to the US, there were some figures that were mentioned that I don’t believe.”
On the $150bn alleged to have been stolen by previous Nigerian administrations, Jonathan scoffed at the probability of “$150bn being missing and “Americans will not know where it is,” adding that Buhari did not accuse his administration.
“He didn’t say my government, he said previous administrations… “$150 billion is not 150 billion Naira,” he stated.