Earlier this week, the Defense Headquarters, DHQ announced that the military, in conjunction with the allied forces from Chad Republic, Niger and Cameroon had recovered no fewer than 30 towns and villages hitherto occupied by Boko Haram insurgents. The DHQ did not stop at that; it also announced that the gallant soldiers were making inroads into taking the remaining towns still under the occupation of the insurgents.
As at last check, the towns where the insurgents have been routed include Bara, the headquarters of Gulani LGA of Yobe State and Gulak, the headquarters of Madagali LGA of Adamawa State. Other locations cleared in the course of the operation include Shikah, Fikayel, Tetebah, Bauza, Kamla and Bumsa. Troops have also recovered Monguno, Marte, Gamboru Ngala, Dikwa, Baga, Gajigana, Ngaze, Ngenzai, Marte Junction, Yoyo, Kekeno, Kukawa, Cross Kauwa, Kangarwa and Amirari.
While the war rages, it is gladdening to note that the troops are dominating operations in Kukawa, Gerri, Gujba and other areas in Yobe State. To boost the troops’ morale, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Goodluck Jonathan had penultimate week, in the company of the Service Chiefs paid a surprise visit to some of the reclaimed territories. In the course of the visit, President Jonathan felicitated with the soldiers and also visited those in the hospitals.
Although we cannot say with certainty how long the military offensive will last, the good news is that the insurgents are beating a fast retreat. We are therefore, hopeful that before the date of the rescheduled general polls, the troops would have either totally routed the insurgents and reclaimed the territories or have substantially created peaceful atmosphere for elections to hold in those areas.
Of utmost concern is the fate of the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs. The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, should as a matter of urgency step up its activities in ensuring a speedy return of these IDPs. Also, the committee setup by the federal government for the rebuilding of the North-East headed by General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma (rtd), should set down to work immediately. We urge well-meaning citizens and foreign donor agencies to join hands with the Federal Government in rebuilding the war-torn zone.
While this urgent national assignment is ongoing, we are disturbed by the utterances of opposition parties who appear to see nothing good in the current efforts by the Federal Government to end insurgency in the region.
Nevertheless, government should not be deterred by unfounded criticisms of its activities, they should forge ahead until the battle is won.
In this regard, government should be encouraged to ensure that a sect that has decimated an approximated 13,000 Nigerians in cold blood; destroyed property worth billions of naira; truncated both social and economic lives of millions of Nigerians and given our country bad name in the comity of nations, is totally routed.

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