Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has promised Nigerians the army will meet meet the deadline given by President Muhammadu Buhari for crushing the Boko Haram insurgency.
Colonel Rabe Abubakar, the DHQ spokesperson said this at a meeting with the editorial team of Media Trust Limited, publishers of the Daily Trust newspaper at its Abuja head office.
He said: “We are on course to meet the deadline given to us by President Buhari, with the active collaboration of the Chief of Defense Staff and other Service Chiefs, the insurgency will definitely be over before the deadline or at worst on the deadline.”
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Abubakar added that the army was poised to maintain the recent success recorded: “We will maintain that level of momentum; we are not going to fail Nigerians. I believe the activities of Boko Haram will very soon be a thing of the past.”
While saying that the army was not relenting in its efforts to crush Boko Haram, he said: “We can achieve it by having a vibrant media on our side.”
”We count on you not only to report but campaign in such a manner that it will send messages to the insurgents and those who may be lured into it,” Abubakar said.
“If you champion this we may do away with Boko Haram.”
Answering questions on the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls, the colonel added: “The military is doing enough; all of us are in the north east to ensure that, not just to finish Boko Haram but get our loved ones back.”
“I believe as we move on with our operations the possibility of getting them is hundred percent.”
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While appointing the new service chiefs to their new ranks on August 13, 2015, President Buhari gave them a three months' deadline to defeat Boko Haram.
However, in less than three months of Buhari's reign, the gory era of terrorism is back in Nigeria, and the insurgents are furiously striking the people again and again.