Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Boko Haram Has Been Defeated – Military insists

The Nigerian military force has claimed that the troops operating in the North East have dealt with Boko Haram terrorists who they claim can no longer launch attacks on citizens.

The current list of those asserting this is the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, who stressed that:
“Boko Haram has been degraded and they are not fit any longer to carry out any coordinated attacks suicide bombing is an issue we are still battling with.”
He assured that the military are trying hard to tackle the issue of suicide attacks by the terrorists and ultimately end the activities of the violent sect in the country very soon.

Olonisaki disclosed this when he joined the Minister of Defence, Brigadier General Mansur Mohammed Dan-Ali, to commission projects of the Nigerian Air Force in Lagos area.

On his part, the Defence Minister assured of the commitment of the current administration to address the challenges in the country to stimulate socioeconomic development.

He insisted that the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Boko Haram and militant groups in the Niger Delta were criminal organizations which have undoubtedly: “continued to pose serious threats to our cherished democracy and the corporate existence of Nigeria.”

While commending the Nigerian Air Force for its contribution to efforts to tackle terrorists in the North East of the country, Dan-Ali said the strategic bombardment of terrorists’ camps, provision of close air support to the ground troops, conduct of air patrol, reconnaissance, casualty/medical evacuation and provision of tactical mobility to and from the operational theatre had elevated the profile of the force in the operations.

“The need for a strong, virile and proactive air force that can proudly defend our airspace and make Nigeria a leading air power on the continent cannot be overemphasised.

“Considering the ever-changing geostrategic environment, it is important to note that the Chief of Air Staff’s vision of repositioning the NAF for effective, efficient and timely employment of air power to meet the grand strategy for National Security is a step in the right direction,” he stated.

Also speaking, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar commended troops fighting in the North East, disclosing that the Federal Government was doing much to ensure that the Nigerian Air Force regained its past glory.

He further charged his men to continually subordinate themselves to civil authority, advising them to: “guard your utterances as you interact with the populace and never allow yourself to be used to achieve any selfish political goal.”



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