- The Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru, has identified some Borno communities with a strong Boko Haram presence
- Attahiru gave the troops of the Nigerian Army 48 hours to clear the terrorists from the identified communities
- The Army chief promised the troops that they will be provided with the necessary weapons needed for the anti-terrorist operations
Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, the Chief of Army Staff, has given Nigerian soldiers a 48-hour ultimatum to clear Boko Haram from some areas of Borno state where the terrorists still have a strong presence.
The Punch reports Attahiru on Sunday, February 21, addressed the troops of the Nigerian Army in Borno and gave the order that the insurgents should be cleared from the affected communities within 48 hours.
The areas mentioned by the Army chief include those listed below:
The communities the Army chief mentioned are said to be in Marte and Ngala local government areas.
Attahiru told the troops not to let Nigeria down, ordering them to go back and do the needful just as he gave them the assurance that he will be right behind them.
Attahiru also vowed that the troops will be provided with the equipment and weapons they need to defeat the terrorists.
The former chief of army staff said it may take 20 years to end the insurgency in the northeast.
Buratai made the statement on Thursday, February 18, when he was being screened by the senate committee on foreign affairs following his nomination by President Muhammadu Buhari as an envoy.
In a similar development, Nigeria's immediate past chief of defence staff, Abayomi Olonisakin (rtd), revealed that the country’s next warfare and crisis will be in the forests.
Olonisakin made the disclosure on Thursday, February 18, during his screening for an ambassadorial position at the National Assembly.
The retired military general who resigned as the chief of defence staff was also nominated as a non-career Ambassador-Designate by President Buhari.
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