- Some women in Abuja - Nigeria's capital city - have taken time to celebrate troops of Nigerian Army
- The group said the Nigerian Army has effectively silenced the insurgents under the leadership of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai
- They also hailed President Buhari, the COAS and his ever-reliable troops for restoring peace to the nation’s capital and across Nigeria
The Nigerian Army has received commendation from a coalition of Abuja women under the aegis of Federal Capital Territory Women of Honour over the peaceful atmosphere all through the Christmas celebration across Nigeria.
The women said the Nigerian Army has effectively silenced the insurgents under the leadership of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.
According to the women, prior to the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government, frequent bomb blast marred the festive periods, especially in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) including the Christmas Day bombing in Madalla, a suburb of Abuja in 2011 which claimed over 40 lives and left 60 others injured among others.
The FCT Women of Honour said it can't seem to fathom how the Nigerian Army has restored calmness in such a short time, with the dreads of old now forgotten.
The president of the group, Juliana Okolo, while speaking at a press briefing in Abuja on Saturday, December 29, hailed President Buhari, the COAS and his ever-reliable troops for restoring peace to the nation’s capital and across Nigeria.
“While in the eyes of the ordinary, it seems an ordinary feat, it is indeed a huge feat when compared to previous years where there was hardly any Christmas period that bombs would not detonate in churches or other recreational spots within the federal capital territory and its environs,” Okolo said.
“As African mothers, we indeed must continually remember our sons in our daily prayers that are striving day and night for our sake so that we may be free from evil forces that are hell-bent on destabilizing our great country.
“We also appreciate the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai for leading the onslaught against the Boko Haram Terrorists and the subsequent achievements it has recorded in the past three years.
“We also wish to appreciate the troops that have continually sacrificed for the country. They are the real heroes of Nigeria, and their sacrifices would never go in vain.
“We also wish to charge them to more victory and also to disregard the very few that would not appreciate their efforts so far in the fight against Terrorism and other militant and armed groups in Nigeria," Okolo added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a former vice president and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has said, he knows how Boko Haram started in Nigeria.
Atiku said politicians were to be blamed for the emergence of Boko Haram in Nigeria.
Speaking on how he was going to solve the challenge of Boko Haram terrorism, he said: “I happen to know how Boko Haram came into being. They were offshoots of political thuggery."
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