The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Sunday urged the military to sustain its gallantry and patriotism and step up intelligence gathering efforts in the fight against terrorism.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, made the call in a statement issued in Lagos.
The statement hailed the military for its recent string of successes in the battle against Boko Haram, the terror group that has caused the nation so much pain.
It said that the performance of the military had shown that the terror group could be defeated within the time set by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The continued push to dislodge the terrorists from their fortress in Sambisa Forest and elsewhere, the dismantling of their major fuel depot and other logistics is commendable.
“Also, the rescue of many innocent people from the clutches of the terrorists is clear indication that the military has gained the upper hand against Boko Haram.
“The mere fact that the terrorists are now surrendering in droves to the gallant troops of the Nigerian military is the clearest indication yet that the bandits are feeling the tremendous heat, which has been turned on them, ” it said.
The statement also commended the Service Chiefs for their exemplary leadership, saying that it had made the difference in motivating the troops.
Mohammed said in the statement: “The bigger picture of the impending Boko Haram defeat is the restoration of the much-vaunted capability of the Nigerian military and its globally-acclaimed professionalism that have vaulted Nigeria to the elite group of top global peace-keeping nations.
”The sharp turnaround in the war against Boko Haram is also an indication of what a nation can achieve under a purposeful, committed, disciplined and sincere leadership.”
The statement appealed to Nigerians to continue to support and pray for the troops.
According to the statement, this is imperative as the troops are paying the supreme price for the safety and security of all Nigerians, as well as the stability, cohesion and unity of the country. (NAN)