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Winning Hearts/Minds against Terrorism: 8 Task Force division Organizes Buratai Football Competition for Youth in North East.

As part of 8 Task Force Division’s non-kinetic operations to meaningfully engage the youths in its Area of Responsibility, the Division has initiated a football competition tagged “Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai Football Tournament”.

The tournament is aimed at fostering Civil – Military Cooperation, as well as winning the “heart and minds” of youths who constitute a significant segment of the local population.

 Most importantly, the tournament seeks to make vulnerable youths in the communities unavailable for Boko Haram radicalization and recruitment. 

 A statement by Colonel Timothy Antigha, Deputy Director, Army Public Relations noted that the tournament kicked off on 16 September 2017, with 16 teams drawn from Northern Borno.

 Antigha said the preliminaries have been concluded and the competition is currently at the quarter final stage adding that the final is expected to hold in December. 

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