Nigeria Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Yusuf Buratai has reassures Nigerians of the commitment of the armed forces to crush Boko Haram insurgency within the stipulated deadline of December 2015, as directed by President Muhammad Buhari.
The army chief disclosed this yesterday at the opening ceremony of the 2015 Chief of Army Staff annual conference held at Manpower Institute in Dutse, Jigawa State.
He explained in line with President Buhari’s directives to terminate Boko Haram insurgency before the end of the year 2015, troops had continued to fight the insurgency with a re-invigorated spirit and in a very professional manner.
His words: “The immediate challenge facing Nigerian Army is the realisation of Mr. President’s directive to terminate the Boko Haram insurgency not later than this month, December 2015.
“In response to this directive, the Nigerian Army has in conjunction with sister services and other security agencies taken the fight to the insurgents’ enclave and I issued the directive of clearance of the Sambisa forest within the stipulated deadline,” he said
He further posted that “I assure Mr. President and the entire people of Nigeria that with their support, the Nigerian Army will meet the December deadline to terminate Boko Haram insurgency and ensure peace reigns in Nigeria particularly in the north-eastern part of the country,” Buratai said.
According to him, troops were deployed not only to block the access in and out of Sambisa forest, but to also identify and destroy the insurgents’ camps.
Buratai further explained that formations and unit headquarters were also relocated closer to the action points in order to tighten the noose round the insurgents and deny them freedom of action in the forest.
He then assured that the army would continue to remain proactive and responsive in the execution of its responsibilities in view of the high expectations of Nigerians on its capability to safeguard the nation’s interests.

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