Boko Haram has been defeated, Nigeria’s Army Chief insists

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Nigeria’s Army Chief has restated the government’s stance that the Boko Haram insurgents have been defeated.

Tukur Buratai, a lieutenant general, stated this in Maiduguri while addressing journalists on Sunday.

“It is very clear that the terrorists have been defeated; there are no doubts about it,” he said. “What we are doing now is a mop up operations aimed at ensuring that we clear the rest of them. It is one thing to defeat, and it is another issue for the terrorists to surrender.

“We are working on their final surrender in the remaining enclaves where they are now. And very soon we will achieve that objective.”

Also, the Chief of Defence Staff, Abayomi Olonisakin, said that the military will not persuade Boko Haram insurgents to give up hostilities.

Rather, he said, the troops will continue their offensive against the outlawed group until they are completely decimated.

Mr. Olonisakin, a general, said this in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, where he is currently staying as part of his operational visit.

The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, alongside other top officers of the Nigeria military who had been in the state for about two weeks, received the defence chief at the Nigeria Air Force Base.

Mr. Olonisakin spoke to journalists shortly after a tour of some war equipment recently procured and refurbished at the Maimalari Barracks, headquarters of 7 Division where the Military Command and Control Centre is also located.

“There is always room for the Boko Haram to surrender; that was why we put up the “Operation Safe Corridor” initiative to have them surrender, de-radicalized and rehabilitated”, said the defence chief.

“That corridor is still open; however, we will not wait until they surrender.”

The defence chief said he was impressed with the equipment at the disposal of the troops in Borno.


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  • musa Ayo

    “De-radicalize” murderous and Armed Boko Haram while trying to radicalize unarmed and peaceful protesting shiits! Honestly my heart goes to the families of all the victims of this menace.

    • Hamza

      The Shiites will 1st have to be radicalised before they can be de-radicalised.

      • musa Ayo

        And you might be the first victim of their eventual radicalization.

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  • donMe$$i

    So buhari is ‘also’ refurbishing war equipment??

  • Ganiyu

    I doubt if even tundemess/tunsj, wahala, Kay soyemi, Maria, amazing2012 can defend such a fantastical lie. Maybe the slave Rommel will attempt. But even those knuckleheads above know when the APC lies are too flagrant. They have since gone into hiding.
    Shame.

    • Man_Enough

      biafra was defeated, and even surrendered since 1969, but they are still all over the place rearing their separatist heads.

      • Senator D

        Boko Haram has not been killing Nigerian army personnel and officers as portrayed on news media it is just PDP-people and Wailing Wailers who are carrying fake news about the success of Bubu’s victory over Boko Haram…

      • Aminu

        That’s a befitting answer to the haters permit me add one to them,NAZIs Hitler were defeated since 1945 by the coalition forces but their reminisce is still visible in Germany were they held party annually in honor of their mentor HITLER.

      • emmanuel

        You are not man enough to face challenges. Biafra is now a peaceful separatist movement. They want out. This is not like the animlas called Boko Hram without vision.
        They have returned power to the North, so what else do they want?
        May be they would stop when the self-determination countries in Nigeria leave to build their cuntries

  • Solomon Brown

    It is one thing to defeat BHT by your utterances and another by the actual situation on the ground…….So far your utterances don’t match what’s on ground….. For lack of a better way to put it, this government has been lying to us all along.

  • Senator D

    “There is always room for the Boko Haram to surrender; that was why we put up the “Operation Safe Corridor” initiative to have them surrender, de-radicalized and rehabilitated”… Bros this double speaking of APC is so terrible. Shiites are killed like cows while Sunni Boko Haram are extended the Olive branch… Bigotry is too much under Bubu…

  • Senator D

    Shiites are killed like cows while Sunni Boko Haram are extended the Olive branch… Bigotry is too much under Bubu…

  • Senator D

    “De-Radicalized and Rehabilitated”? Mogbe! For what kwanu? Minini? Ntori kini? Are these guys (APC) having network in their brains at all?

    • Papa Oghwriodo

      MY CHILDREN,

      Una good morning. This thing I am reading here is somehow. Why is army sending more soldiers to fight the Boko Haram the army said has been defeated and why was this chief of army crying last week at the burial of the Lt. Colonel and many other officers that Boko Haram killed anyhow? What should happen now is this.

      National Assembly must not approve one kobo again for Nigerian Army to go and waste or steal fighting the Boko Haram they say they have already defeated. If they have defeated Boko Haram they don’t need any money again

      to fight anything. What kind of army is this? Boko Haram is killing soldiers every day and you say you defeated
      Boko Haram? When did Nigerian Army defeat Boko Haram? What is the exact date? Is it January 1st, 2016?

      • Senator D

        Bubu is making zero budget on Boko Haram in 2017 budget so don’t worry Sir about that. Infact Saraki and Dongoyaro (sorry I mean Dogora) have already been notified on that. Also, Boko Haram has not been killing Nigerian army personnel and officers as portrayed on news media it is just PDP-people and Wailing Wailers who are carrying fake news about the success of Bubu’s victory over Boko Haram… Thank you Papa Oghwriodo…

  • Senator D

    @Papa Oghwriodo: Bubu is making zero budget on Boko Haram in 2017 budget so don’t worry Sir about that. Infact Saraki and Dongoyaro (sorry I mean Dogora) have already been notified on that. Also, Boko Haram has not been killing Nigerian army personnel and officers as portrayed on news media it is just PDP-people and Wailing Wailers who are carrying fake news about the success of Bubu’s victory over Boko Haram… Thank you…

  • Es3

    Buhari/APC defeated Boko Haram is killing Nigerian military officers and men, Police officers and men during attacks and Nigerians in droves in their villages on daily basis???!

    Nigerians here is your change?!!! Change from relative honesty and sincerity to bare-faced blatant lies!!! Lies that assume that you are all brainless!!!

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  • Babatunde Razaq

    I guess there is a different meaning to the word ‘defeat’ in military parlance in Nigeria in particular. The dictionary meaning of defeat is to ‘successfully win a war against………..’.How can the Nigeria military be claiming to have defeated Boko Haram when the sect is still able to inflict heavy casualties on innocent civilians and the military itself?. So how do we manufacture the word ‘defeat’ in Nigeria. Who is fooling who? This to every discerning mind is purely a case of propaganda taken too far.

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  • Nkem

    These people never learn. The more you declare in public that Boko Haram is dead, the more they launch desperate and deadly attacks to prove you wrong. Don’t you get it?

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  • Hamza

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  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    The Dubai real estate millionaire investor, Buratai who doubles as Buhari’s Army Chief is clearly unhinged, 83 soldiers including an officer are still missing, he cannot account for them for more than 3 weeks, villages are being burnt and sacked, Boko-haram is now on the offensive attacking army cantonments in the NE many times a week, at least 3 senior officers have been killed in the past 2 weeks, IDPs are still mounting in numbers,etc.

    Tukur Buratai lives in an alternate world of make-belief but even as he desperately tries to wish away everything around him including the lives of men and officers under his command , one can only hope that he is still compos-mentis , this statement does not emanate from what any reasonable person can refer to as a sound mind.

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  • Intrepid

    Then you don’t know the meaning of ‘Defeat’. Your officers and men are still being rounded up, ambushed and killed. Illiterate soldiers.

  • thusspokez

    “It is very clear that the terrorists have been defeated; there are no doubts about it,”

    The Nigerian army has only successfully driven them to Niger Republic — which is now their base; and from where they will continue to frustrate and wear down the Nigerian army in the coming years. Unless they are also flushed out of the Niger Republic, it is premature to claim that they have been defeated. They will be back.

  • emmanuel

    Bros – Borutai, Boko Haram has a market eight kilometers of Bama and you say they have been defeated?

    • FreeNigeria

      don’t mind the chronic liar, beer parlor general

  • Decimator

    Of cause Boko haram has been defeated as it now seems to have official representation in the country’s government. One cannot be fighting with himself, only occasional show of disaffection is expected as we are now witnessing.

  • FreeNigeria

    When someone lie themselves, they never stop lying. So Buratai keep on lying to yourself

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    Heft dye huh hadn’t CBGB

  • marc umeh

    Can anyone imagine a US general claiming ISIS is defeated while their troops are still being attacked and killed.? We all know he will not be a general much longer.
    But in naija , it’s a different story. They seem to be saying ” F–k you .I am lieing , so what can you do about it ?

  • Shamsuddeen Shehu Saeed

    PLS NIG ARMY 2 STOP MAKING PROPAGANDER ABOUT BOKO HARAM HAS DEFEATED,DEY A’R DERE KILLING INNOICENT PPLE & ORDINARY SOILDIER,,! BUT IF DEY KILL OFFICER DEY WILL B ADVERTISING IT IN MEDIAN & CONPENSATE DEM WID MILLION OF NAIRA,PLS MY GOVT SHLD HV PAIR OF GOD IN MINE & TAK OUL LIVES EQUAL,.