The Nigerian Army has reacted to media reports of recent attacks by Boko Haram insurgents on some communities and military bases in the north-eastern part of the country.
The General Officer Commanding 7 Division of the Army, Brigadier General Abdulmalik Bulama, clarified the situation during an exclusive interview with Channels Television on Wednesday, June 5.
Brigadier General Bulama, who did not deny the attacks, however, described them as mere publicity stunts of the insurgents to stay relevant by attacking targets to keep them in the news.
He insisted that the military was winning the war against the terrorists, despite attacks targeted at soft targets and the military.
According to the GOC, this is evident by the reclaimed territories and offensive against the insurgents by the military in the last four years.
His words: “The war against terrorism is not a war that you can clinically finish within a given minute or a week or a day; so it is that understanding that will tell you.
“But like I always say, you need to weigh it against where we were especially from 2015 till today.
“The pre-2015, virtually every part of Borno state was under the hold of the Boko Haram but today, can we say it is so?”
Brigadier-General Bulama also dismissed reports of dislodgement of military bases as fake news, propaganda and an exaggeration of the reality on the ground.
In the last 72 hours, there had been reports of insurgents attacking local communities and two military bases at Delwa in Damboa local government area, and another in Marte local government area of Borno state.
Meanwhile, in commemoration of the 2019 Eid-El-Fitr celebration marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt Gen Tukur Yusufu Buratai, represented by the Chief of Training and Operations, Major General Lamidi Adeosun on Tuesday, June 4 June paid an operational visit to Headquarters 1 Brigade Nigerian Army and front-line troops of Operation Hadari Daji.
He later delivered the Chief of Army Staff's goodwill message to the officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army shortly after the prayers.
He commended the troops for their dedication, sacrifices and loyalty to the nation, while urging them to remain steadfast in the ongoing efforts to checkmate insurgency, banditry and other associated insecurities in Nigeria.
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