The Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Buratai has solicited for the cooperation of all Borno State residents and citizens of Nigeria to provide credible information on the “hideouts and modus operandi” of Boko Haram to end terrorists’ activities and insurgency in the state and North East sub-region before the end of this year.
The Boko Haram sect members, according to him, have refused peace to reign in the affected states of the sub-region, including Plateau and Kano states.
Buratai spoke Friday morning in Maiduguri, monitored by our Correspondent in a special Hausa and Kanuri programme of FM Radio Lafiya (Radio Peace), on how to ‘crush and end’ Boko Haram insurgency in the country; and as directed recently by President Muhammadu Buhari to the six Service Chiefs.
He said in strict compliance with the President’s directives on terrorism that has claimed many lives and property, troops of the various Nigerian Army Divisions, including the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) in the Lake Chad Basin, are to fight the insurgents not only in Sambisa Forest, but continue to pursue and chase them into their hideouts and cells, until peace reigns in Borno State and the Northeast by December.
His words: “Let me take this opportunity of FM Radio Lafiya programme to assure all citizens of Borno State and the entire citizens of this country that Boko Haram is crushed to the finish for peace, as the insurgents do not want peace to reign in Nigeria and neighbouring countries of Chad, Cameroon and Niger, which formed the MNJTF in fighting this war that has claimed many lives and property.
“What we solicit from Borno citizenry was their full cooperation with troops of the Nigerian Army by providing them with credible information that could lead to the “complete destruction” of Boko Haram hideouts and cells.”
He noted that before the replacement of service chiefs by the President, troops do not pursue insurgents when they were attacked at any military posts or formations in the North East’s affected states.
Buratai added: “The morale of our soldiers is now very much high, because of the imported arms and other military hardware which are still arriving the shores of the country in fighting this Boko Haram insurgency in Borno State and the North East sub-region.”