The Nigerian government is finally turning the tide on Boko Haram, the ISIS-aligned terrorist group that has held the north in its bloody grip for years, a prominent Christian bishop from the embattled region told

“In the last six months, there has been significant progress,” Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto State told during a recent visit to New York. “We can proudly say, they no longer control territory and that they are literally on their last legs now.”

Kukah said the central African nation’s recent advances against the extremist group have been hard-won. The terror group has existed for more than a decade, but gained international infamy in April, 2014, when members kidnapped 276 Christian schoolgirls from the town of Chibok, in the northern Borno state.

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