Boko Haram not in control of any Nigerian territory, Army insists

Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai
Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai

The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has restated that no local government area in Borno or any territory in the North East Zone is being occupied by the Boko Haram sect.

The denial followed recent developments suggesting the insurgents were still in control of some areas within the country.

Boko Haram militants have launched a series of daring attacks recently.

On Thursday, the extremists attacked a military location in Borno State killing two soldiers.

The insurgents were, however, repelled by soldiers who killed 15 of them, the Army said.

‎Apart from the two dead soldiers, four others were injured in the attack, Mr. Usman said.

Mr. Buratai spoke on Saturday while responding to questions at a special congress of the FCT Council of the Nigerian Union Journalists, NUJ.

The army chief, who said the military had routed the insurgents and was currently securing the region, said terrorism was complex and called for patience.

Mr. Buratai also called on journalists to show understanding in reporting the insurgency for the sake of national interest.

He said there was mistrust in the past between the media and the army and assured of seamless flow of information as long as it does not affect national security.

Earlier, the Chairman of the FCT Council of the NUJ, Paul Abechi, called for understanding between the military and the media in the interest of the nation.

Mr. Abechi said while Nigerians depended on the military for safety, they also depended on the media for information, urging both parties to work together.

He noted the successes so far recorded in the fight against insurgency in the North East Zone and commended Buratai for providing the required leadership in the campaign.

In his remarks, the National President of NUJ, Waheed Odusile, stressed the need for the army to provide journalists with needed information to enable them report correctly.

Mr. Odusile noted with satisfaction that normalcy was returning to Borno and other parts of the North East Zone and commended the leadership of the army.

He said that the occasional conflict between the military and journalists often arose out of the different roles each party plays for the wellbeing of the society.

The NUJ president described the Nigerian media as patriotic, saying that the media only criticise the military to make it to perform better. (NAN)

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  • Simeon Nigel

    Army Chief of staff, General Tukur Buratai did perfectly knew very well that majority of his top military commanders were mostly moslems and that a few number of them are secretly working for Boko Haram, as while the war against Boko Haram is still waging on in North-East zone by our military troups and will not ends soon, (as he is today predicting to NUJ council), because of the huge amount of monetory benefits that his moslems top military commanders were deriving from the Boko Haram members’s muderous and evil insurgency activities in the entire North-East Zone areas. He is not addressing it properly and seriously due to himself being a moslem often indirectly supporting them. Also, he is not addressing the arrogancy, the daily and constant abuses by his military men are always exhibiting against ordinary nigerians on the street and towns & cities across the whole of Nigeria. If now his claiming today that Boko Haram sects were no longer in controls of any territories in the North-East Zone, then how come these murderous, deadly and world most evil sects group are still carrying out daring attacks against our highly trained military soldiers being stationed in North-East Zone. Because, Boko Haram confidently knew that they had their men inside the entire Nigerian military top commanders composition or structures who are passing-on to them secret information devised by the Nigeria military top commanders. If none of this exposure are not happening, nonetheless by now the whole evil group sects would have been completely decimated forever and also crushed down for a long time ago.

    • Shadow

      Its a pity, you do not know what insurgency and terrorism is all about. Its not a conventional war and not the kind of war that politicians and cohorts like you want us to believe, stories based on primordial sentiments(religion, tribe & religion) and most irritatingly, stereotypes. Nigerians are wiser now because these views have kept us backward and perpetually divided. My friend, ask the Somalians, Philipinoes, Afghans, Iraqis and most recently Syria what insurgency and terrorism is all about during the past decades. As for us on the Plateau, FCT, Kano, Kaduna, Bauchi, Niger etc, the frequent BOOMBINGS and other ATTACTS on innocent citizens have stopped for quite sometime now and this credit goes to Gen. Buratai, Commanders and other patriotic Nigerians. Those criticising now and are looking at everything through the eye of religion and ethnicity benefited from the DISTRACTIONS of insurgency and terrorism while they were looting. Anyway, they do not know what shame is for they have declared long ago that stealing is not corruption, it is intact, business.