The Nigerian army has boasted that the Boko Haram insurgents in far north-east would soon be a thing of the past and forgotten, after it said the militants were losing steam in their operations and would soon be annihilated by the armed forces.
This much was made known by the general Officer Commanding, Second Division Army, Major-General Sanusi Muazu. Muazu gave this assurance during the closing ceremony of Second Division Nigerian Army Inter-Brigade competition, held in Akure, the Ondo State capital, at the weekend.
According to him, the ongoing military onslaught against members of the Boko Haram sect and the success being recorded by the military lately, indicated that the war would soon be won, saying “the Boko- Haram is now changing tactics by hitting sub-target, which indicated that its days are numbered.” He said:
“They will keep on going for sub-target, but I want to assure Nigerians that sub-target too will soon end. Indeed, there are other challenges, ranging from kidnapping to oil bunkering, but I am sure all these challenges will soon come to an end.”
He noted that the deployment of specially trained anti-terrorism combat squad, recently trained by Nigeria’s international partners and the acquisition/deployment of more sophisticated, adequate and appropriate military hardware, would help in putting an end to insurgency.
“We are looking forward to an Army that is responsive to the society, one that would respond to the demands and needs of our people,” he stated. He, however, appealed to the people to provide necessary support in terms of intelligence and information about how the insurgents, saying:
“I want to remind all Nigerians that the activities of these men are not carried out in the open, they operate in houses and hidden places. So, every Nigerian must key into how we can win the battle against insurgency in the North-East by keeping their eyes on them.
I think with that, we are going to make it.” The Ondo State governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Aderotimi Adelola, pledged that the state would continue to support the activities of the Nigerian Army noted that the exercise would improve the capability of the Army to be combatant ready, in order to confront the insecurity challenges facing the country.
The competition, which comprised five events, included weapon handling, physical fitness and obstacles crossing, drill and map reading, was put in place to improve leadership traits, organisational ability, use of initiative and to promote esprit–de–corps by personnel in the category of warrant officers and senior non-commissioned officers in the division.