- The Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Yusuf Tukur Buratai is determined to finally defeat Boko Haram
- Buratai who is currently in the northeast says he won't return to Abuja until the insurgents are defeated
- The army chief gave assurances to soldiers in the front-line that in no time the terrorists will be completely flushed out
The Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Yusuf Tukur Buratai has vowed that he will not leave the theatre of Operation Lafiya Dole until Boko Haram insurgents are finally defeated.
The Chief of Army Staff who had a special Easter celebration with the troops on Monday, April 13 regretted that the insurgency has lasted for too long but gave assurances that in no time the terrorists will be completely flushed out.
“We will not leave this insurgency to last like in other countries who have fought an insurgency for close to 50 years. We cannot allow that to happen here,” The Nation quoted Buratai telling the soldiers.
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He assured the troops of the support of President Muhammadu Buhari who he said has provided all that they need to defeat the enemies.
He also promised that he will not leave the camp until he gives a final blow on the insurgents.
His words: “We are here, we will not leave this camp until we substantially degrade these criminals. By God’s willing, we shall be there with you no going back once we commence. We will be with you in the valleys, on the hill, in the jungle, in the river and so on.
“As I speak now, we have some elements that are providing us with the necessary intelligence and once we start, no going back. We are here and we make sure that we get ourselves properly motivated, properly equipped and I assure you will have the best of time.
“Some of you have been here before like two-three times but I tell you are going to have the best of time. We want the best out of you. We need your courage and determination.
“I want you to have at the back of your minds that Mr President solidly behind you. We have already started getting the consignment of what we require for us to handle these insurgencies and terrorism. It a matter of time and a very short time.
“We make sure that we never go back. Forward ever, backward, never. Thank you and God bless you all.”
Meanwhile, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has dismissed videos currently circulating on social media of soldiers torturing civilians.
Those who circulated the videos had suggested that the civilians were being punished for violating the recent presidential directive to stay at home over the coronavirus pandemic.
The DHQ in a statement sent to journalists and signed by the coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major-General John Enenche, said the move is a calculated attempt to blackmail the military.
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