Nigerian military clarifies April deadline for terrorism

Mr. Badeh had given an April deadline to end insurgency in the nation

The Defence Headquarters on Tuesday said that the April deadline declared by the Chief of Defence Staff,  Alex Badeh, to end terrorism was only a motivation to soldiers to restore normalcy across Nigeria.

Mr. Badeh, an Air Marshal, during the handing over ceremony by his predecessor, had said that the Nigeria military will end terrorism by April 2014.

In a statement, Tuesday, the Defence spokesperson, Chris Olukolade, said different interpretations of the statement “necessitated a clarification in the interest of the general public and for record purposes”.

Mr. Olukolade said that the statement was only to motivate the soldiers to work harder towards restoring calm in Nigeria especially in the states under emergency rule.

The states under emergency rule are Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa, where the military is battling Boko Haram insurgents.

“The remarks by the CDS was meant to motivate commanders and troops to work harder towards restoration of normalcy as envisaged in the states under emergency rule.  Unfortunately, the charge has been taken too literally to mean definite promise to end terrorism by April,” he said

Mr. Olukolade said that the CDS, being optimistic, declared that April is crucial in the task against terrorism.

“Accordingly, he declared that, April is very crucial in this task especially as a way of avoiding possible constitutional stalemate.

“All things being equal, it is envisaged that normalcy would have been restored substantially enough to guarantee restoration of normal socio-economic and political activities in these states in no distant future,” he said

Mr. Olukolade noted that while Mr. Badeh discussed the menace of terrorism in parts of the country, he also implored the Service Chiefs to take steps towards bringing the activities of the Boko Haram insurgents in the North East to an end.

He, however, said that the DHQ is concerned about the implications of the varying interpretations to the remarks of the defence chief which was essentially directed to the new service chiefs’ saying that the CDS’s statement should not be mistaken for a mere grandstanding or false hope to Nigerians.

Mr. Olukolade also said that the security agencies are working hard to ensure the safety of Nigerians as more resources and troops are being deployed to beef up the operations.



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  • Garden-City Boy

    This is sickening…”only a motivation to soldiers”? So, it is business as usual, the cat and mouse game between the security community and awusa terrorists. Since Mr. Badeh did not REALLY men to to neutralize the insurgency as he boasted, is there any need to retain him on that job? This is absolutely ridiculous.

    • Charles Deshi

      Why are u so surprised? Don,t u know that they are also politicians in uniform? May God help us. My son, what Nigeria need is Gods devine intervention.

    • Bala R

      My boy do know how much your awusas are paying for this war,It costs 10,000 naira to move a lorry from Jos to Bauchi which is only 120 Kms?
      Over 2000 vehicles pass through 500 military checkpoints paying between 100 to 500 naira daily?
      Can you calculate how much the soldiers are make daily from checkpoints alone?

      • Garden-City Boy

        Those awusas must be loaded with cash to afford those epensive services. If that is the way they want it, then they can be our guests.

  • Soft landing to avoid future repercussions. The fear of the media is the beginning of wisdom.

  • Yusuf

    This is indeed an April fool of the year I have ever heard in my life. In fact, it came against the usual March ending and early April, fooling of colleagues usually associated with the month of April, yearly. May God safe us.

  • Papamayor

    What I heard the CDS said at his inauguration is different from what the defence spokesperson is saying here. Is this a soft landing?

  • Adoki

    E be like say this CDS don 419 our president. He must have secured the job on the promise that he would end terrorism by April. Now he is trying to tell the president that he did not actually mean what the president thought he meant.