- Lieutenant General Buratai has said that Boko Haram has been totally defeated
- The COAS said that the insurgent group has been chased out from the northeast and what his present is ISWAP
- Buratai said that just like Boko Haram was crushed, the ISWAP group will also be hunted down the same way
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has said that the Boko Haram insurgent group has been defeated by the nation’s military.
He added that ‘Boko Haram will never come again as Boko Haram’, saying that what is currently going on in the northeast is a part of the Islamic State of West Africa (ISWAP), Vanguard reports.
Burutai said the presence of the ISWAP is the attempt by some groups to explore the break down of law and order to carry out criminal acts in neighbouring countries.
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The COAS made this known student of some schools visited him to learn about The Legend of Buratai, a book written in his honour.
During the visit, the lieutenant general said that the insurgent group has been chased out totally and the same will done to ISWAP.
When the student asked him how he has been able to cope with the pressure that comes with his work, the general said that when he was appointed, the first thing he did was to build an excellent relationship with the media so as to close the gap of information.
He said: “When I was appointed the Chief of Army Staff, I had the feeling that I will be the least controversial COAS. I had the feeling I will have an excellent relationship with the media. This first thing I did was to call the then Director of Army Public Relations and I told him that henceforth, all our actions and activities must be reported and made known to the media.
“They had a right to know. It is the Nigerian Army. There should be no gaps about information in our operations in the North East or elsewhere.
“Before then, we used to have so many reporters in the north east including informants for the terrorists who plant stories and breaking news some of which went contrary to happenings, with a ploy to make troops unstable or demoralized."
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The names of the schools present during the interactive session are the White Plain British Schools, Abuja, EFAB International School, Gifted Hunira Arcade, Command Children School Mogadishu, Command Day Secondary School, Lungi, and Command Secondary School, Suleija (Boarding).
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the Buratai faulted the use of social media by soldiers to discuss or disclose service matters.
Speaking in Kaduna at a four-day Nigerian Army Officers’ Office Management and Document Security Workshop 2019, the Army boss said social media has brought additional challenges to information security.
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