Nigerians are beginning to get weary with the constant updates of Boko Haram, without any significant progress made. However, the Nigerian military says it is winning the war against terrorism in spite of challenges lurking on every corner. Victor Ezugwu, the GOC, 7 Division of Nigerian Army, Maiduguri, stated this while speaking with journalists in Maiduguri. He also pleaded with Nigerians to support the military in sustaining the successes so far recorded.
We are winning the war. We are bringing the war to conclusion, very soon,” Brigadier General Mr. Ezugwu said.
“We want everybody to help us to support the peace that is emerging. The peace is more enduring and more gratifying for us in Borno and other parts of the North-East of Nigeria,” he said.
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Meanwhile, Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno, while speaking with journalists in Maiduguri, commended the military for their sacrifice in restoring peace in the North-East.I thank traditional rulers and NGOs that are stakeholders to us in the fight against insurgency. The Brigadier General commended civic groups that had been partnering with the military toward the success of the counter-insurgency operation. He thanked them for their accurate information management, their support and advice to us have given rise to a growing civil/military relationship that is existing between the military and the authorities in our areas of operations.
The military has recorded tremendous achievements in the past six months, we are now consolidating the emerging peace in the state. It is wrong for anyone to say that the Boko Haram are in control. Yes you might have pockets of them trying to foment mischief, but eventually, we shall overcome the hiccups.
We are all living witnesses to what is happening in Borno, you and I know that in the last couple of months Ngala was liberated by the military, so also was Bama, Gwoza, Dikwa, Mafa and so many other communities that were hitherto under the terrorists’ control. The military deserve commendation not condemnation,” the governor said.
He also pointed out that the Boko Haram terrorists had been decimated by the military, who were making serious efforts to uproot the terrorists from their hideouts in Sambisa forest. He also said that it was difficult to end terrorism within a short time, but it will surely be reduced, and in a matter of time, eradicated.
The Boko Haram terrorists have been decimated and President Buhari deserves special commendation for that. The people of the North-East, especially those of Borno are eternally grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari for his commitment toward restoring sanity in the area. The most important thing for us now as a people is to support the Federal Government on the anti-terrorism war,” Mr. Shettima said.