- The Nigerian army has brough the general public up to date on the latest progress achieved
- Boko Haram terrorists are reportedly eliminated from the north-eastern part of the country
Colonel Sanni Usman, the acting director on army public relations, has announced the complete elimination of Boko Haram terrorist group camps in the entire north-eastern part of Nigeria.
The great news was made public durign the inauguration of Strategic Communication Course for senior officers at the Nigerian Army School of Public Relations and Information in Bonny Camp, Lagos.
Mr Usman said: "We have come to the point that we can beat our chest and decisively say we have dealt with Boko Haram. The situation in the north-east has tremendously improved. The military operations or the fight against terrorism and insurgency in the north-east is hinged on three things.
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First, defeating the Boko Haram terrorists which have been accomplished and making room to facilitate humanitarian assistance which is also ongoing.
Then restoration of law and order for good governance to take place. We no longer have camps of Boko Haram terrorists and we no longer have them conveyed in the territories.
Those that were hitherto close are now open to the extent that we have trans-border trade. Take for instance; just recently, the important road that links Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon was just re-opened.
We have come to the point that we can beat our chest and decisively say we have dealt with Boko Haram."
On inauguration of the communication course
"It is in this regard that the Directorate of Army Public Relations places high premium on training of officers and soldiers. The Nigerian Army School of Public Relations and Information must remain focused in the training of officers and soldiers to meet the need of well trained and skilled manpower.
This is the first of its kind to further enhance further joint operations of the armed forces and possibly international military engagement. It is my hope that this course will make the desired impact on all of you and explicit growth fertilisation of ideas among the participants.
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It is also our desire to see that at the end of the course, we turn out better informed senior officers. Also, they should be well-equipped to partake in making or taking strategic decision for the Nigerian army information and dissemination management."
Recall that in September 2015 Colonel Rabe Abubakar, the director of information at the defence headquarters, announced that all known Boko Haram camps and cells had been destroyed, and that the group was so weakened that they could no longer hold any territory.
In December 2015 President Muhammadu Buhari has claimed that Boko Haram was "technically defeated."