As the Nigerian military spearheaded by the Army finally uprooted Boko Haram from its epicenter in Sambisa Forest, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai has disclosed that the terrorists made the mistake of taking on the wrong fighting force, the Nigerian Army.
He said the sect which have in the last seven years pushed for the establishment of an Islamic State and bring an end to Western education in the region ‘picked the wrong fight against the wrong enemy’.
Speaking through the Chief of Logistics, Army headquarters, Major General Patrick Akem, at Goneri and Bununyadi, two frontline locations where the Army is currently prosecuting the Boko Haram war in Yobe State, Buratai said the army would work hard to defeat those undermining the nation’s security.
Recall that the COAS had deplored very senior officers to celebrate the Christmas with troops fighting the Boko Haram insurgency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States, with the aim of giving them a sense of belonging while at the battle field.
While charging officers and men within the theater of the operation to put an end to every form of terrorism in the region, Buratai also praised the soldiers for their gallantry, stressing that although the war is being won, they must stand firm in the fight until the militants are completely defeated.
“We are proud of you for sacrificing your sleep, leisure and working under the sun and in the rain to ensure that those undermining the nation’s security are taught lessons that will serve as deterrent to others.
“Let me seize this opportunity to call on Nigerians to appreciate the role being played by these gallant officers and men who are putting in their best by ensuring peace is maintained across the country so that their labours will never be in vain.
“We are sad that you are spending Christmas in trenches, that is why we are leaving the comfort of our homes to share with you this moments and I can assure you that everything will be done possible to ensure your welfares and logistics needs are taken care of.
“Don’t retreat and don’t give room for any laxity that you are winning the war despite the successes”, Buratai stressed
He assured that more troops would be deployed to increase the manpower needs of the military formations across the theater of war.