Boko Haram: Shettima Confirms Military’s liberation of territories.
Following disclosure by a Senator from Borno, Bashir Gambai that only 50 per cent of the local governments were free of Boko Haram, Governor Kashim Shettima of the state has debunked the statement saying the comments of the Senator were emotional outburst.
The governor made the disclosure just as the military appointed Air Commodore Dele Alonge as the new spokesperson for the Operation Lafiya Dole,
Governor Shettima who stated this while speaking with journalists shortly after arriving Maiduguri from an official visit to Saudi Arabia, said “the claim by the Senator representing Borno Central in the senate, Senator Baba Kaka Garbai that the military has not degraded Boko Haram, was emotional outburst.
“It is either the Senator was emotional or misquoted. The military has recorded tremendous successes in the fight against Boko Haram in the last six months. You know Ngala, Dikwa and some areas were recently liberated and as the Chief Security Officer of the state, I can confidently say Boko Haram has been decimated, demoralized and degraded. Borno is better off than it was six months ago,” shettima said.
Kashim urged the people of the state to continue to support military and security agencies with useful information to enhance their counter-insurgency operations.
Meanwhile, Air Commodore Dele Alonge has been appointed the Media Coordinator of Theatre Command of Operation Lafiya Dole.
A statement signed by the Deputy Director, 7 Division, Nigerian Army, Maiduguri, Colonel Mustapha Abubakar Anka stated that, he is an alumni of National Defence University Islamabad-Pakistan and also seasoned Public Relations Officer.
Air Commodore Alonge who is a member of many professional bodies was the Director Public Relations and Information of the Nigerian Air Force before his new appointment.
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