Nigerian Army vows to reclaim territories lost to Boko Haram

Lt. General Kenneth Minmah

The Nigerian Chief of Defence Staff, Kenneth Minimah, has vowed to regain all the territories taken over by the Boko Haram insurgents.

He stated this at a meeting with the Senate Committee for Defence and the Army on Thursday.

The meeting was called to find out the next step for the military and how they would tackle insurgency in Nigeria.
Boko Haram recently captured several local governments in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States.

At the end of the meeting, Mr. Minimah, a Major General, told reporters, “We are working very hard to retake these territories and very soon, we will claim them and indeed other territories.

“I want to continue to rekindle the confidence of Nigerians and particularly the ordinary Nigerians, who have suffered the pain of these insurgencies.

“The Nigerian Army would do its best and strive to win this war and reclaim the lost territories.”

The chairman of the committee, Mr. Sekibo, said they believed the military would do their best as they had been given assurance that a positive impact would be seen this time.

He also said that the military asked them to inform the constituents in those states that the issues would not escalate and there would be positive results in a couple of weeks.

He said there was a possibility that elections would hold in those states as long as the terrains were captured soon.

When asked by a journalist if the assurance was not in vain as the military had always made this promise, Mr. Sekibo said that they had confidence in the military that it was real this time.

The governor of Adamawa State, Bala Ngilari, had said Thursday that local vigilante groups have recaptured Mubi, a major town lost to Boko Haram.

Speaking through his spokesperson, the governor said the operation received the support of the military.


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  • Chris1408

    How many times have we heard such promises? These clowns must really think Nigerians are fools

  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    I wish our military well in this.

    We cannot afford to lose any more lives to boko haram.

    The political will and support would also be crucial.

  • ofonime Daniel Imoh

    Bunch of hypocrites in military uniform!!!! Soon they will complain of cowardice

  • Rommel

    Nigerian army should shut da 4uk up! and hide their faces in shame,they and their commander in chief have failed Nigeria,useless soldiers who are only good at harassing civilians,today ordinary hunters have proven to be more courageous than you people while you’re begging USA to give you people nuclear weapons to fight Boko haram.

  • True son of the soil

    The sample question I have for the army is are local hunter using nuclear weapons to regain territories capture by the BH ?

  • Joe

    What is the problem with Nigerian armed forces?. Is it a curse?. Just now someone called from yola that military helicopter just crashed not more than 30minutes ago at sangeri. The recruitment process in the military need to reviewed. The so called quarter system, the godfatherism, etc should not be applicable to the military please. Recruitment should be based on merit. We could continue with quarter system in civil service and political appointment, but not the armed forces. What we are seeing in the military right now is the fruits of quarter system.

    • Guguru

      “Quota System” and not “Quarter system”

      • postman

        Guguru – get a life, we got the point..

        • Guguru

          Ok.

      • Joe

        Thanks my dear. It’s quota system.

    • bib

      Well i don’t know what you mean by quota system being used in army recruitment? Do you mean the present armed forces are in their positions only because of quota system?

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  • MushinSpeaks

    Show, dont tell! Do your job deligently and lets applaud you! Our lives are in danger.

  • bello s-fulani

    Gen. Minimah is NOT a Major-General but a Lt.-General. He is also the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and NOT the CDS.

  • felix

    quota system or no quota system is dis not d military dat fought in Liberia and siërra leone so quota system is not d problem d problem is competent leadership dat is lackin in our country today so l say 2 u my brothers as an lgbo man dat buhari is d leader Nigeria needs right now, GOD BLESS NIGERIA

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