The Nigerian military says it is winning the war against terrorism in spite of some challenges.
Victor Ezugwu, the GOC, 7 Division of Nigerian Army, Maiduguri, stated this while speaking with journalists in Maiduguri.
“We are winning the war. We are bringing the war to conclusion, very soon,” Mr. Ezugwu, a Brigadier General, said.
He, however, said that Nigerians must support the military to sustain the successes so far recorded.
“We want everybody to help us to support the peace that is emerging.
“The peace is more enduring and more gratifying for us in Borno and other parts of the North-East of Nigeria,” Mr. Ezugwu said.
He commended civic groups that had been partnering with the military toward the success of the counter-insurgency operation.
“I thank traditional rulers and NGOs that are stakeholders to us in the fight against insurgency.
“Their accurate information, their support and advice to us have given rise to a growing civil/military relationship that is existing between the military and the authorities in our areas of operations,” Mr. Ezugwu said.
Meanwhile, Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno has commended the military for their sacrifice in restoring peace in the North-East.
Mr. Shettima stated this while speaking with journalists in Maiduguri.
“The military has recorded tremendous achievements in the past six months, we are now consolidating the emerging peace in the state.
“It is wrong for anyone to say that the Boko Haram are in control. Yes you might have pockets of them trying to foment mischief, but eventually, we shall overcome the hiccups.
“We are all living witnesses to what is happening in Borno, you and I know that in the last couple of months Ngala was liberated by the military, so also was Bama, Gwoza, Dikwa, Mafa and so many other communities that were hitherto under the terrorists’ control.
“The military deserve commendation not condemnation,” the governor said.
He said it was clear that the Boko Haram terrorists had been decimated by the military.
“The Boko Haram terrorists have been decimated and President Buhari deserves special commendation for that.
“The people of the North-East, especially those of Borno are eternally grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari for his commitment toward restoring sanity in the area,” Mr. Shettima said.
He said that the military were making efforts to uproot the terrorists from their hideouts in Sambisa forest.
“The most important thing for us now as a people is to support the Federal Government on the anti-terrorism war,” Mr. Shettima said.
He said that it was difficult to end terrorism within a short time.