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Keep the offensive against Boko Haram, defence minister charges Nigeria, Chadian troops

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Keep the offensive against Boko Haram, Defense Minister ,I charges Nigerian, Chadian troops

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Minister of Defense, Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd has commended the Nigerian and Chadian Military for sustaining the the fight against insurgency in the Northeas,.

The minister who was in Maiduguri on.an assessment visit on Sunday proceeded to Minguno were he held a closed door meeting with principal officers of Sector 3 operation Lafiya Dole and the Multi National Joint Task Force were he commended them and urged for continues cooperation between Nigerian and Chadian Military

Speaking after a closed door meeting with the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Yusuf Buratai, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubsjar and other top officers of the Nigerian Army and Airfirce and Operation Lafiya Dole on Monday at the Military Command and Control Centre , Maimalari cantonment, Maiduguri said ” there is a tremendous improvement in the war again insurgency, compared yo my fist visit, there is 70 percent improvement.

” I believe if the tempo is sustained, very soon we will end the war against insurgency and you will go back to your barracks. ,. I am in Maiduguri on.a assessment visit of our troops in the ongoing war against Book Haram.. We have appraised our activities and we are planing ahead in our counter insurgency operations and very soon Insha Allah we will end this war”.

He said t”he Federal government is really committed to ending this insurgency. During my visit to Mongunio I flew through chopper. I was the vast land. The Federal government is going give priority to economically viable communities like Baga in all our operations acctoss the country”.

While addresding the Nigerian and Chadian trooos in the fringline shortly after hours of closed door meeting with the officers of the Nigerian and Chadian miltary at the Headquarters Sector 3 Operation Lafiya Dole and Multinational Joint Task Force Monguno on Sunday, the minister , urged then to continue their cooperation in the fight against insurgency.

He said, “Officers and soldiers of 242 Battalion and our colleague soldiers of Chadian Army, I am here to address you on one particular item that is without you soldiers there will be no an army, you are the most valuable we have in this nation. Those who can protect the integrity of Nigeria, those who can secure the nation properly and maintenance of law and order.

“The Commander in Chief of Armed Forces Muhammadu Buhari asked me to convey his goodwill message to all of you for your dogginess, resilient and hard work you have been putting in the northeast sector of our operations and he wishes you best of luck in your future operations in this sector.

“My purpose of coming here is to see all of you, to discuss with our colleague from Chad and to see how we can improve our operational efficiency, we have discussed at length with their officers, they have told us their problems and everything is needed for you to improve in the conduct of this operations, so our prayer is that all of you will continue with good works you have been doing,” he said.

Gen. Magashi (rtd) assured the troops that Nigerians are praying for them to succeed znd urged the frontlines troops to remain steadfast and sustain their tempo.

“And I assure what you are doing will not be left unattended, we will do our best to see that welfare and motivation are well taken care of, By the Grace of God, we shall do our best to ensure to get what belongs to you and all go back to your and continue the training.

“And Government and people of Nigeria will never forget our heroes who have done us proud but they have lost their lives and we are also aware of the sacrifices the Chadian soldiers are making and we hope the cooperation will continue and wish all you happy Christmas and New Year.” Gen. Magashi assured.

In his opening remarks, Commander of the Sector 3 Operations Lafiya Dole, Maj Gen. Bulama Biu thanked the minister and his entourage for visiting the frontlines to boost the morale of the troops.

Those accompanied the minister on the visit includes Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Yusuf Buratai, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall, Sadiq Abubakar, Chief of training and operations, Defense headquarters, , Maj. Gen. Lucky Irabor and other top Military officers

 

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We are committed than ever before to end Boko Haram, insurgency will soon be a thing of the past – theatre Commander

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We are committed than ever before to end Boko Haram. Insurgency will soon be a thing of the past – theater commander

By Madu Mohammed , Maiduguri

The theater Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General. Olusegun Adeniyi has said that they are committed more than ever before to end Boko Haram, assuring Nigerians that Boko Haram insurgency will soon be a thing of the past,

Speaking at the occasion of the 7 Division end of the year 2019 party and West African Social Activities (WASA) held at the Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri, yesterday, General Adeniyi said “there is national and collective will to end Boko Haram”

Boko Haram insurgency is political, trying to claim a phantom caliphate. This their dream will fail. We will not allow them to occupy an inch. We from the military, the legislature, international communities are committed and speaking with one voice and Boko Haram will soon end”, the theater commander added.

He said ” I assured Nigerian that the insurgency will soon end . Tell Shekau and Albarnawi that we will come after them.. Our troops are ever ready to end this insurgency, so that we will go back to our barracks.”

Earlier in his welcome address, the Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division, Brigadier General Abdul Ibrahim’ said ” the WASA was introduced by the colonial West African Frontier Force to celebrate and mark end of every operational and ursher in the new year’.

He said ‘ today as we mark the 2019 end of year party and WASA, it gives us another opportunity to be with our families to showcase our cultural heritage, wine and dance after a success operational year 2019 and also to mark the beginning of the year 2020″.

While assuring the Federal Government of their continued loyalty and commitment to end insurgency, General Ibrahim said ” I call on the civil populace to join hand with the military to end this insurgency.The year 2020 we started in good footing and by the grace of God we will end insurgency”

He prayed to God to grant the departed colleagues an eternal rest and their families the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable lost, assuring that the military will continue to be with their families.

In his vote of thanks, the chairman organising Committee , who is also the Chief of Staff of the Division, Brigadier General I Ottu thanked the Chief of Army Staff Lt General Tukur Buratai, the theater Commander. Major General Adeniyi and the GOC for their vision, direction and guidance in the ongoing operations and thanked all those that honored their invitation..

QThe event also witnessed cultural display, comedy, presentation of awards to the outstanding soldiers and commanders and refreshments.

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FG delegation were in Auno to comesurate with the community

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By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Federal Government High powered delegation was in Auno town to comesurate and sympathize with people over the last Sunday Boko Haram attacked that led to the death of over 30 people, and18 vehicles burnt down .

The relegation led by.the minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouk said “we are here on the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari to sympathize and comesuraye with you over the Boko Haram attack and also to assess the level of destruction with a view to assist you”.

” The Federal government is doing everything possible to and this decade long insurgency.. The federal government will InshaAllah assist you mote especially, the victims of last Sunday attack to pick up the pieces of you lived”, She added.

Earlier speaking, the Managing Director of the Northeast Development Commission, Dr. Mohammed Alkali said ” today we came here with the minister for Humanitarian Affairs to condole and sympathise with you. The federal government is going to assist you”.

He said ” yesterday President Buhari was here in Maiduguri to sympathize with you and today we are here to deliver you the message of the president “.

Also speaking, the chairman of the NEDC, Major General Paul Tatfa (rtd) said ” I dont have much to say since President Bhwri was in Maiduguri yesterday whete condole with the Shehu and people of Borno state . what has happened has happened. We wsnt you to take it as destined by God.but we prayed that it will not acccure again. ”

While welcoming the minister, the chairperson,of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Hajiya Yabawa Kolo said “we thank President Buhari and the minister for the visit and their concern.

In.his votes of thanks, the District Head of Auno. Alhsji Abba Umar while thanking the federal government for the visit said ” in the last one months Boko. Haram attack Auno 6 times. We call on the Federal government to deploy more troops to protect us “..

” I was there when President Buhari came yesterday. We the people of Auno are greatful to the president for the visit,” he added.

The delegates includes, the chairman of NEDC MD NEDC among other tops officials of the ministry of Humanitarian Affair’s, Disaster Management and Social development.

 

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Laydown your arms, and surrender to operation safe corridor, you will be taking good care off by our soldiers- General Shafa

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Laydown your arms, and surrender to Operation safe corridor, you will be taking good care off by our soldiers- -General Shafa

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The commander Operation Safe Corridor, Brigadier General Bamidele Shafa has appealed to the former Boko Haram members to call on their ex-colleagues to laydown their arms and come out to use the opportunity given to them by the Operation Safe Corridor to surrender, so that peace will reign in the Northeast.”

General Shafa was in Borno state to access the level of acceptance of the repentant insurgents by their communites, said “I was briefed by your respective community leaders and members. I am happy to hear that your doing well and nobody rejected you or stigmatize you”.

Addressing the repentant Boko Haram at the Rehabilitation Centre Maiduguri yesterday, General Shafa said “I urge you to call on your former colleagues there in the bush to come out and laydown their arms at any military formations across the theater as the safe corridor opportunity is there for them. Nobody will kill of harm them”.

” I want you to convinced them that you were well taking care off, deradicalized and train in various skills by the military. so that they will leave happily love with their families”, he added.

General Shafa said ” since 2016 when Operation Safe corridor was launched . we have since than rehabilitated and deradicalize many ex Boko Haram members and handed them over to their respective state governments for reintegration back to society. We have been to Bama and saw that the ex-insurgents members are doing well. We will also visit Gwoza and Damboa local government to see how they are been accepted By their communities”

Earlier speaking., the Borno state commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zuwaira Gambo said ” we are happy for the visit. I want to tell you all the ex Boko Haram members are doing well in their respective communities. Because their communities leaders and members are appreciating their behaviours “.

” The Borno state government will continue to partner with the Operation Safe corridor, UNICEF and other humanitarian partners for sustainable peace in the Northeast and country in general”, she added.

Hajiya Zuwaura said ” so far the Borno state government has received 136 repentant Boko Haram members. Some of them have since been reintegrated into their respective communities, while others are still under going rehabilitation In this center.”.

Speaking on behalf of the ex Boko Haram members, Bulama Mohammed said ” we thanked the federal government and the Operation Safe Corridor for the opportunity to become good citizens again . When we were in the bush I don’t think, I would have the opportunity to even come near a soldier but today I have benn taking good care of by a soldier. We even shock hand and play togethe with soldiers”.

He said ” I want to use this opportunity to call on our former colleagues there in the bush to come out and laydiwn their arms as you will be taking good care by the military. “.

 

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