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Boko Haram At Borders Fleeing Nigeria, Says Buratai

Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army Staff, Nigerian Army Military
Posted: Jul 9, 2016 at 5:23 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


Mohammed Abubakar

Yobe – Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army Staff, has said that the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists have been pushed to Nigeria’s border areas with Niger, Chad and Cameroon for the Multinational Joint Task Force (MJTF) troops to clear remnants of insurgents.

Buratai disclosed this at the weekend in an interactive session with journalists, after paying a courtesy visit on Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State at Government House, Damaturu.

He said the military is also consolidating on the peace in the North-East region of the country by opening up more strategic roads that were hitherto closed due to Boko Haram terrorist activities.

Buratai said: “Our troops will continue to give confidence to the civil population in the region by chasing out the remaining insurgents in the border areas and fringes of Sambisa Forest in Borno State.

“We are also consolidating on the recorded successes by opening roads to allow people move about freely without the fear of any attack. We will continue to do that.

“We have been able to open the Dikwa road up to Gamboru Ngala. We will continue to do that. We must certify that all the routes are safe and to also get people to be more confident and we have to assure them of that.

“Virtually all parts of the North-East can be moved in; but people are still apprehensive but you can see that the Multi-National Joint Task Force is operating in the northern part of Borno and southern parts of Niger Republic and parts of Chad. This is where you see most of the remnant of Boko Haram are concentrated now, but joint efforts are on the way to make sure that these terrorists are further pushed away from these areas. That is the clearance operation we are doing.”

Buratai also commended the commitment and contribution of the Yobe State government in the fight against Boko Haram.

He further disclosed that a large sum of money has been earmarked in the 2016 budget for the building of the Army Special Forces School in Buni Yadi and a logistics military hospital in Damaturu. The choice of the location was for the strategic nature of Buni Yadi, the Army chief said, thanking the state government for providing land for the institution and for a logistics military hospital in Damaturu.

Buni Yadi was captured by the Boko Haram insurgents in August 2014, before it was liberated by the military.