Betta (Borno) – Maj.-Gen. Yushau Abubakar, the Theater Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, said on Tuesday that Boko Haram terrorists had been degraded and weakened by the military after series of operations.
Abubakar said this while addressing troops of 114 Task Force Battalion in Betta, Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno.
He said that the military had no time to waste but to crush the remnant of the terrorists and move forward.
“Boko Haram terrorists have been degraded, you have seen them, they are not trained, you have seen their capability, for those you have captured you have seen what they look like.
“We have no time to waste, we must move forward by ending terrorism in the North East now,” Abubakar said.
He said that the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) was very impressed by the performance of the task force in recent times.
“The COAS is very much impressed by the successes recorded by you in the fight against Boko Haram.
“He has asked me to deliver his goodwill messages to you,” Abubakar said.
According to him, the Nigerian Army places great premium on the fight against Boko Haram terrorism.
“Since I was appointed as the Theater Commander, the COAS had visited the state five times and for each of the visit, he spent at least three days which implies that this operation is very important.
“The onus is now left to us. We have to pay back by getting more committed to our task of crushing Boko Haram within the timeline,” Abubakar said.
“More importantly, we must wipe out Boko Haram terrorists so that the people can come back and live their normal lives.’’
Abubakar assured the troops on the provision of logistics.
“I want to assure you that there is no operational problem or logistic problem that is not known by the appropriate superior authority.
“We have lots of containers coming to Maiduguri and most of them had spare parts, ammunition and other logistic requirements for this operation.
“Gentlemen, let us take this operation at heart and finish the job once and for all.
“Let us finish this job as it is expected and then we face other jobs.’’ (NAN)