The Catholic Bishop of Maiduguri, Rt. Rev. Oliver Dashe, has commended the Nigerian Armed Forces for their courage and for crushing the Boko Haram insurgents in the North- East.
The Bishop gave the commendation on Saturday in Maiduguri, during a courtesy visit to Brig.-Gen.Victor Ezugwu, the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division Nigerian Army.
A statement signed by Col. Mustapha Anka, spokesman of the Division, said that Dashe noted that the people of area had lost many souls due to the insurgency.
He noted that the activities of the Boko Haram insurgents had resulted in wanton destruction of lives and property, as well as disruption of socio-economic lives of millions of Nigerians.
“The Boko Haram terrorists have destroyed homes and rendered many people homeless and jobless.
The Catholic bishop praised the gallantry of the military for liberating communities and urged them not to relent in their efforts until “peace bounces back in Borno known as Home of Peace.’’
He commended the Army for their professional conduct, saying that their success was as a result of team work and the spirit of togetherness and a well coordinated joint effort.
Responding, Ezugwu thanked the bishop for his kindness and prayers.
He noted that his fatherly prayers have played a noble role in huge successes recorded by the Army.
In a related development, the GOC also received a team of British Army led by Col. Brown.
According to the statement, the visit by British Army was to broaden relationship and re-energise the bilateral cooperation between Nigeria and Britain.
Brown reiterated the willingness of Britain to help Nigeria in the fight against terrorism.
The GOC commended the British Government for its assistance, noting that the Nigerian Armed Forces had enjoyed training and retraining of its personnel for capacity building to crush the Boko Haram insurgents.
Ezugwu stated that the Division is succeeding in the clearance operation in order to make North East and Nigeria secured.