Speaking on Monday 7th December 2015, President Mohammadu Buhari said the deadline his government gave to the military to totally flush out Boko Haram terrorists from the affected parts of the country can be extended as the set time was drawn just to give them a guide.
Speaking through the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Gabriel Olonishakin in Jigawa’s state capital Dutse, at the opening ceremony of the 2015 Annual Conference of the Chief of Army Staff, he said
…if exigencies of multiple operations across the country requires modification, the Federal Government will not hesitate to do so in order to address the flash points that are emerging in parts of the country”.
We can recall that few months back, when the president spoke during a meeting with the Commander of United States Africa Command, Gen David Rodriguez in his office at the presidential villa, and reiterated the determination of his government to make the Boko Haram’s destructive attacks a thing of the past by December;
I want to reassure Nigerians that Nigerian Army is ever determined to succeed in meeting up with the set deadline of defeating Boko Haram terrorists by the end of this year.” He said.
Meanwhile, at the above named conference tagged ‘Contemporary Conflicts, Human Rights and Military Operations’, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) who represented the President, congratulated the military on their selfless efforts to end terrorism in the country, he also urged them not to relent in their efforts as the fight isn’t over yet,
Going by the achievements of the new leadership of the Nigerian army in the last few months, I am delighted to observe that the reform process within the army has not only greatly enhanced service discipline, functional capacity and operational readiness, it has also properly positioned the Service for its role as a critical stakeholder in our nation’s quest for peace, stability and sustained growth and development. But despite all the achievements of the military in combating terrorism in the North East, the challenges of terrorism still remains an issue of serious national concern with the potential to impede our Change drive. The Nigerian Army must, therefore, develop strategies to address the current challenges facing the country and ensure total elimination of the insurgents.
However, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, assured Nigerians that the Nigerian army in collaboration with other security agencies will crush the Boko Haram terrorists by the December deadline. He said that the army has taken the battle to the terrorists’ remaining hideouts in Sambisa forest, blocking their access in and out of the area.
President Buhari also assured Nigerians that the current recorded achievements by the armed forces in the ongoing offensive against Boko Haram, gives a lime light towards the restoration of sanity to the affected areas and the entire country as well;
I issued directives for clearance operations in Sambisa forest. Troops were deployed not only to block all access in and out of Sambisa forest but to also identify and destroy the insurgents’ camps. Formations and units’ headquarters were also relocated closer to action points in order to tighten the noose around the insurgents and deny them freedom of action. In-theatre training for troops has been sustained to enhance their combat efficiency.
The CDS added that with the military aids from Nigeria’s neighboring countries alongside the US’s, there is definitely a probability for both the army and the government of president Mohammadu Buhari to fulfill their promise of a terrorist-free country for both Nigerians and foreign investors in Nigeria.