Group commend Army says towns previously afflicted by Boko Haram now safe
– A group said the decision of the chief of Army staff, Tukur Buratai, to relocate internally displaced persons back to their homes is commendable
– CATE said most major cities affected by Boko Haram in the northeast are now safe
– According to CATE, soldiers have made efforts to restore a lasting peace and sanity to northern part of Borno after sufficiently defeating Boko Haram terrorists in the area
A civil society organisation has said that most of the major towns previously affected by Boko Haram insurgents are now safe following Nigerian Army operations in the northeast.
The Coalition Against Terrorism and Extremism (CATE) said the decision of the chief of Army staff, Tukur Buratai, to relocate internally displaced persons back to their homes is commendable.
Speaking to journalists in Maiduguri on Thursday, June 14, the national cordinator of CATE, Gabriel Onoja, said the group was pleased with the ongoing onslaught by the Nigerian Army against Boko Haram terrorists.
Onoja said Nigerian soldiers have made efforts to restore a lasting peace and sanity to northern part of Borno after sufficiently defeating Boko Haram terrorists in the area.
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He said: “The news has been replete with the successes in neutralizing the terrorists in various locations where their camps have been destroyed.”
“The latest of such exploits include the achievements by troops of 153 Task Force Battalion in conjunction with the Cameroonian Defence Forces, which killed 23 terrorists while on clearance operation on 11 June 2018.
This is after troops had successfully cleared including Bulakeisa, Tumbuma Babba, Abbaganaram and Dan Baure villages in the Lake Chad region.
“We note that remnants of Boko Haram continue to attempt using human borne Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) suiciide bombers to attempt unleashing terror on the population but strategic intervention of the Army has resulted in minimizing the damages in the few instances of such attacks while the majority of them are averted,” Onoja said.
According to Onoja, the victory of the Nigerian troops over Boko Haram has been proven beyond reasonable doubt.
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He said the ongoing clearance operations has made towns and villages earlier afflicted by Boko Haram to become safer as it has become possible to relocate and reintegrate internally displaced persons back to their ancestral homes.
“This is a major achievement for which the Nigerian Army should not only be lauded but supported to achieve more. We commend the Nigerian Army for the success it has recorded in keeping Nigerians safe from Boko Haram terrorists just as we salute the “Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, whose leadership gave Nigeria Army that has proven to be truly capable and up to the task at hand.
The Nigerian Army, in our estimate has done more than its fair share in dealing with the country’s problem of terrorism; while it is expected to do more, we believe that it will be more successful if we all pitch in to make the assignment easier.
“We therefore appeal to fellow compatriots to increase whatever support they have been extending to the military in the past to ensure that whatever is left of Boko Haram is not able to re-grow like the hydra monster. Every little contribution by each peace-loving Nigerian will help cripple whatever cells of the terror group are still left.
We must also collectively undertake to pile the pressure on known and closet sponsors as well as supporters of Boko Haram. It is the final lifeline that must be severed for the terror group to wither into oblivion, which can only be achieved when, as patriotic Nigerians, we supply information to the relevant authorities and when we express our displeasure at their support for terrorists.
“Our traditional and religious leaders must recommit to the efforts to stop the recruitment and radicalization of youths and making them into terrorists. The era of these set of leaders aligning with questionable politicians to sabotage the war on terrorism for petty gains is over as history will count terrorists’ supporters as terrorists in the final analysis.