Governors, Tinubu, others laud Buhari, military over capture of Sambisa Forest

FILE PHOTO: Nigerian Army troops clearing Boko Haram enclaves along Bitta to Tokumbere, Sambisa Forest, Borno state
FILE PHOTO: Nigerian Army troops clearing Boko Haram enclaves along Bitta to Tokumbere, Sambisa Forest, Borno state

State governors and political leaders across the country have been calling President Muhammadu Buhari to congratulate him and the leadership of the armed forces following the takeover of the Sambisa Forest from Boko Haram terrorists.

A statement in Abuja on Sunday by Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, noted that the calls received by the President were from the Governors of Jigawa, Kano, Yobe, Adamawa, Borno, Katsina, Kaduna and Sokoto.

He stated that the President had also received similar congratulatory messages
from governors in South-East, South-South, South-West and North Central states of the federation.

The Presidential aide said the governors commended the President on the achievement of the feat which they said “has pleased the Nigerian people and is also being celebrated all over the world.”

He added that the governors had assured President Buhari that the whole country was behind him to secure the country, saying there could not be any meaningful development without security.

“The governors also paid tributes to the brave servicemen and women who made supreme sacrifices in the liberation of the Sambisa Forest and hoped that their services would never be forgotten.

“They urged the President to mobilise resources, both human and material, to sustain the gains made so far in the fight against terrorism and economic sabotage.

“The attainment of the armed forces under his leadership was something that was never in doubt at the time of his election in 2015, the governors noted.

They then urged the UN, the U.S., European Union, rich countries of Asia, the Mideast and international aid and donor agencies, to raise their support to Nigeria to quicken the pace of the resettlement and rehabilitation of the millions of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in camps across the country.

In his message by his media office on Sunday in Lagos, a former Lagos governor, Bola Tinubu, also congratulated Mr. Buhari and commended the troops for their bravery and resilience, asking them to now move to establish their hold on the area.

“I congratulate the nation, President Buhari and the army for crushing Boko Haram in their last stronghold of Sambisa Forest. I congratulate the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole for their bravery and resilience. They have given the nation a most wonderful Christmas gift,” Mr. Tinubu said.

“I know the insurgents were engaged in their last desperate acts and merely clutching to their last straw. Now they have been put down. Terror will have no place in our land. The end is here.

“I commend the troops. I thank them again for their courage and bravery. It’s time to finish the job and locate and liberate the remaining Chibok schoolgirls abducted from their school in 2014.

“As we sink ourselves in the Christmas celebration, let us remember to pray for the troops. Let us remember that for them, there was no Christmas.

“Let us also spare a thought for the Internally Displaced Persons. We must support them and give them hope”.


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  • Otile

    Wherefore are the Chibok girls? Is Imam still hiding them in some emir’s palace and why?

    • aboki

      A sadist with no human feeling despite Xmas period Otile!

      • aboki

        Nigerians shame on us despite the success in crushing BOKO HARAM and final raid and capture of Sambisa Forest as a Xmas gift from all mighty GOD we keep mute and couldn’t acknowledge that with thanks
        Haba where are the WAILERS, Clerics and so called leaders in Facebook and internet claiming relevance.
        God is watching you
        It’s ashamed on you as we refused to acknowledge God

        • Artful ºDodger

          You are right bros. If the news was a return to the era of bribery and corruption you would have seen Nigerian pastors trying to out do each other in singing praises. Imagine one asking his followers to acknowledge fayose because by robbing the people to rig himself into government house he stood for them. I am sure he too has been dealing with low patronage since Jonathan left office, tithes is not longer coming in in billions of naira.

          May God name be praised for all He has done for Nigeria!

      • Otile

        I mean well for the girls, does that make me a sadist?

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        Bruv, though Mr. Otile is generally a nuisance, his call and position on this is right.

        We all have a duty to ask for the remaining Chibok girls.

        Worse still, are the fundamental questions that we should be asking. How come no one even breathed or mentioned the fact that the heart of Samisa Forest contained a fortified armour or full military training bunker built in the days of Babangida in all the years we faced boko haram? Should that not have been the first target of aerial bombing? Does that confirm that we have no national intelligence or database on our military facilities? Or that our intelligence agencies are rather unintelligent?

        There are so many questions and no answers. These are among matters that should worry us.

        • Julius

          You must also know that he doesn’t mean what he is saying. He is being sarcastic. Any gain by Nigeria and Buhari is a sore -spot in his dark and miserable heart. Hope your Xmas was awesome bro.

    • hard knock


    • Paul Young

      With all America’s sophistication they have their citizens kidnapped in Iran, North Korea, Afghanistan etc and they can’t locate them or rescue them. They have to negotiate. That’s the only thing that will bring those girls back. If we don’t negotiate they will not come back, at least not all of dem

      • Otile

        I mean, where are the girls, they cannot be in the liberated forest. So where are they? Don’t tell me how Americans are chasing communists and Islamists all over North Korea and Afghanistan, just show me where they’re quartered and fed.

        • Julius

          I told you, they are with you and your husband..numskull faggot !

    • Artful ºDodger

      If you are not mentally shortsighted or have probably just been kicked out of Mars, you would have since heard boko haram said they married some of them off. Some too may have died since then and some displaced to as far as Cameroon, Chad or Niger. No one has ever told you all the girls were in the forest even though being igbo have made you hold on to that hypocrisy as you try to mock the achievement of our troops. No apologies o, looks like good news seem to torment all of you of SE extraction nowadays!

      • PolyGon2013

        Trust me, every good news about Buhari or Nigeria saddens the ibos. Ibos have been exposed. They are the real terrorists in Nigeria.

        • Julius

          Indeed. I think that we all are seeing that now.

      • Julius

        You nailed it sir. Bad belle go kill dem. That’s what hatred looks like.

  • stlords

    Abeg ,people wet don go back to there houses, all this arrangement , with the money dey make

  • Julius

    Mine was awesome also. Thank you and God bless always !!