- Nigeria's army chief says attacks by the terrorist group, Boko Haram, will soon be a thing of the past
- Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru, on Sunday, March 14 made the declaration in Yobe state
- As part of his routine of motivating front-line troops, the army chief was in the north-east state to meet with the gallant soldiers
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru, on Sunday, March 14 assured that the ongoing war against Boko Haram will soon be over.
Attahiru made the comment in Yobe state when he visited troops of Sector 2 Operation Lafiya Dole of the Nigerian Army in Damaturu.
The COAS told the soldiers that he came to assure them that Boko Haram would be ended within a reasonable period of time.
The Punch quoted him as saying:
“We have come to Yobe state to meet you, to get to know you and you get to know us as well. We promised to end this issue of Boko Haram.
“I am bringing very special greetings from the President and Commander-in-Chief, he is fully briefed and aware of how and what you are doing.
“I will like to tell you that, I personally as the Chief of Army Staff I am here to take cognizance and note of the challenges you have and ensure that they are addressed to ensure you have the highest level of morale to be able to do your job and do it proudly as Nigerian soldiers.”
The army chief said he was sure they will go out to the war front and push the insurgents so hard and bring this entire insurgency to an end.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army has issued a stern warning to an Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmed Gumi, against making comments to disparage its name.
A statement from the Army on Monday, March 8 seen by Legit.ng, cautioned the controversial cleric against maligning its image.
The statement signed by Army spokesman, Brigadier-General Mohammed Yerima, noted that deployment of soldiers for national assignments is not made based on religious considerations.
The army's statement was in reaction to a viral video showing Gumi blaming non-Muslim soldiers for the attacks on bandits.
Meanwhile, the governor of Katsina state, Aminu Bello Masari, has expressed his concerns over the recent comments of Sheikh Gumi demanding amnesty for bandits.
Governor Masari criticised the renowned Islamic scholar for demanding amnesty for armed gangs responsible for the death of many innocent Nigerians and the destruction of properties across the nation.
The governor said Gumi ought to be preaching about the implications of killing people to the outlaws and not amnesty, adding that a criminal is a criminal and nothing can justify the killing of innocent citizens.
Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.