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Nigerian Army Boss claims Boko Haram insurgents defeated
« on: January 08, 2018, 08:52:04 AM »

Following weekend’s bombardment of Boko Haram by troops, Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Yusuf Buratai yesterday declared that the Boko Haram insurgents have been defeated by troops in the northeast.

He spoke at a special service to commemorate the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day, held at ST Bartholomew’s Military Church, Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri.

Gen. Buratai, represented by Maj.-Gen. David Ahmadu, the Chief of Training and Operations, Army Headquarters, said the military had won the war against insurgency.

He revealed that the military had recorded successes in the intensified offensive, routed and defeated the insurgents, adding that the military was committed to the restoration of peace to the region.

At the weekend, a major factional leader of the insurgents’ group, Mamman Nur was wounded, his wife killed, many insurgents also killed and thousands captured while several others fled the onslaught at their enclaves in Sambisa Forest and the Lake Chad region.

Hundreds of civilians were also freed by troops from terrorists’ captivity in the ongoing clearance operation in the past one week.

Gen. Buratai decried the insurgents’ recruitment of the teeming unemployed youths that lack morality and are illiterates in their fight.

The chief of army staff admonished parents to ensure proper moral upbringing of their wards to protect them from being used by bad elements to foment troubles and disrupt peace in the society.

“I want to assure you without mincing words that the Boko Haram terrorists have been defeated, all we are fighting for now is the peace in the northeast.

“Character begins from home; if the children or the youth do not listen to their parents then there is problem. It is the responsibilities of parents to ensure that they disciplined their children.

“And the children too must have something to give back by being disciplined, educated, try to behave well wherever they go and without being deceived by anyone to do what is bad”.

Gen. Buratai stressed the commitments of the military to end insurgency, protect lives and property and secure the nation’s territorial integrity.

He noted that the Nigerian Army had contributed to peace building in various countries across the globe including African sub-region.

The army chief added that their sacrifices of the fallen heroes would be immortalise by ensuring unity, peace and stability in the country.

Gen. Buratai charged the soldiers not to allow themselves to be hoodwinked by self- seeking individuals who promote hate speech and to remain dedicated and professional in the discharge of their duties.

While commending President Muhamadu Buhari over his support to the military, the Chief Army Staff tasked commanders to ensure effective utilisation of equipment and logistics provided to facilitate successful completion of the counter-insurgency campaign.

Maj.-Gen. Rogers Nicholas, the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, disclosed that the troops had recorded significant success in various operations against the insurgents in Sambisa Forest and Lake Chad region in the past few days.

Gen. Nicholas assured that the counter-insurgency campaign would soon be concluded.

The News Aagency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that highlights of the events included special prayer session for the fallen heroes, orphans and widows as well as prayer for the nation and success of Operation Lafiya Dole.

Also yesterday, Gen. Buratai urged Northern youths, particularly those in the Northeast, to shun terrorism and other violent acts and channel their energies to productive ventures.

Buratai made the appeal in Monguno, at the final of the maiden Chief of Army Staff Football tournament between Ajeri FC of Monguno and River Side FC of Damasak.

River Side FC won the championship by a lone goal through a penalty in the first half.

He asked them to channel their energies toward acquiring education and skills through which they could realise their ambition.

Gen. Buratai promised that the Nigerian army would continue to provide opportunities for the youth to express themselves and showcase their God-given talents.

“To this end, I call on the youth of northern Borno and indeed the youth of the Northeast to shun and reject terrorism.

“The youths, who are the future leaders, should continue to cooperate with the authorities, army and indeed other security agencies by promptly reporting suspicious persons within their midst in order to ensure a more secured environment.

“I tell you right now, so many of them are on the run; the Boko Haram terrorists are on the run.

“I urge you to be very careful of any strange face or any of your colleagues or friends that have been misled to join them.


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