Following incessant attacks by the dreaded Boko Haram Insurgents, the Nigerian military has said they are determined to put an end to the sect.
The Nigerian Military on Friday, in a statement signed by the Defence Spokesman Chris Olukolade read:
“In the light of the current challenges in the counter-terrorism efforts in the north east which has understandably elicited a sense of apprehension among citizens and even foreign allies, the DHQ wishes to reiterate the pledge and commitment it made while briefing the Joint Committee on Defence of the National Assembly to the effect that everything will be done to reverse the situation and defeat the rampaging terrorists.
“While welcoming all the concerns shown by Nigerians and a section of the international community following the increased menace and activities of terrorists, it is necessary to reassure all that the Nigerian Armed Forces is more than ever determined and committed to the defence of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Nigeria, regardless of any odd.
“It is not only the pride and reputation of the military that is at stake but that of the entire nation. We therefore urge our citizens not to lose hope or be disenchanted but to remain steadfast and supportive of the military as all steps are being taken to ensure the success of the counter-insurgency operations, especially at this crucial time when our sovereignty is being challenged.
“With this in mind, it is important to reiterate that the Nigerian military is fully conscious of its obligations to the Nigerian state and remains willing and ready to perform its duties with utmost diligence. Therefore, what the military requires at this critical period in the nation’s history is not pillories but continued support from all stakeholders and comity of nations.
“Indeed, this is not the time to despair or shift blames. Rather it calls for concerted effort by all and sundry to stop the agents of darkness who seek to destroy our country and civilization. On its part, the Nigerian military as a fighting force, assures Nigerians once again that this battle will be won”.
The Director of Defence Information Olukolade said the military was “more than ever determined and committed to the defence of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Nigeria” and was “willing and ready to perform its duties with utmost diligence”.
“Everything will be done to reverse the situation and defeat the rampaging terrorists.”
There are fears that the the Nigerian Military are losing the fight to the Boko Haram sect who are reportedly armed with sophisticated. Recently there has been reports of the Islamist group taking over some towns in the Northern states of Nigeria.
Just recently, the Boko Haram took over the second largest town, Bama in Borno state reportedly displacing Soldiers and residents who fled for their lives.
The Boko Haram sect were reported to have attacked and captured Banki Town and also Gulani town in Yobe State.
On August 24, the leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, declared Gwoza, a town in Borno state, an Islamic Caliphate.
Meanwhile, Honorable Bashir Adamu, a member representing (PDP, Jigawa), who is also the Chairman; House Committee on Defence, on Thursday revealed that the sum of N300 billion has been given to the Nigerian Army to help efectively combat terrorism in the country.
It would be recalled that the United States Assistant Secretary of State Linda Thomas-Greenfield expressed their fears over the Boko Haram activities in Nigeria saying: The deteriorating security situation threatened Nigeria’s future and was a “sober reality check”. “The reputation of Nigeria’s military is at stake. We are past time for denial and pride.”
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