Boko Haram has been defeated, Army Chief Buratai insists

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Boko Haram [Photo Credit: ScanNews Nigeria]

The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, on Sunday restated a widely held stance by federal officials that the Boko Haram insurgents have been defeated.

Mr. Buratai’s statement on Sunday follows similar ones by other officials of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

Earlier on New Year day, President Buhari had also said the Boko Haram had been “beaten.” The president, however, said the terror group still carries out isolated attacks.

The Boko Haram who in 2015 controlled several local governments across North-east Nigeria no longer control any local government, officials have said.

Critics have, however, pointed to isolated attacks by the terror group on civilians and security formations as well as suicide bombings as evidence they are yet to be defeated. The government also recently indicated its willingness to spend about $1 billion to fight the terror group and other causes of insecurity across the country.

On Sunday, Mr. Buratai, a lieutenant general, made his declaration at a special service to commemorate the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day, held at ST Bartholomew’s Military Church, Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri.

Mr. Buratai, represented by David Ahmadu, the Chief of Training and Operations, Army Headquarters, disclosed that the military has won the war against insurgency.

He said the military had recorded successes in the intensified offensive, routed and defeated the insurgents, adding that the military was committed to the restoration of peace to the region.

He decried the insurgents’ recruitment of teeming unemployed youth in their fight.

The army chief admonished parents to ensure proper moral upbringing of their wards to protect them from being used by bad elements to foment troubles and disrupt peace in the society.

“I want to assure you without mincing words that the Boko Haram terrorists have been defeated, all we are fighting for now is the peace in the northeast.

“Character begins from home; if the children or the youth do not listen to their parents then there is problem. It is the responsibilities of parents to ensure that they disciplined their children.

“And the children too must have something to give back by being disciplined, educated, try to behave well wherever they go and without being deceived by anyone to do what is bad.”

Mr. Buratai stressed the commitments of the military to end insurgency, protect lives and property and secure the nation’s territorial integrity.

He noted that the Nigerian Army had contributed to peace building in various countries across the globe.

The army chief added that the sacrifices of the fallen heroes would be immortalised by ensuring unity, peace and stability in the country.

He charged the soldiers not to allow themselves to be hoodwinked by self-seeking individuals who promote hate speech, and to remain dedicated and professional in the discharge of their duties.

While commending President Buhari over his support to the military, the army chief tasked commanders to ensure effective utilisation of equipment and logistics provided to facilitate successful completion of the counter-insurgency campaign.

Also, Rogers Nicholas, the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, disclosed that the troops had recorded significant success in various operations against the insurgents in Sambisa Forest and Lake Chad region in the past few days.

Mr. Nicholas, a major general, assured that the counter-insurgency campaign would soon be concluded.

Highlights of the events included special prayer session for the fallen heroes, orphans and widows as well as prayer for the nation and success of Operation Lafiya Dole.

It will be recalled that a major factional leader of the insurgents’ group, Mamman Nur, was wounded, many insurgents killed and thousands captured while several others fled the onslaught at their enclaves in Sambisa Forest and Lake Chad region.

Hundreds of civilians were also freed by troops from terrorists’ captivity in the ongoing clearance operation in the past one week.


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  • Aminu Baba

    Kudos to our gallant soldiers. May Allah bring all of you safely back to the cosy embrace of your loved ones. May He, the beneficent, the merciful, repose the souls of those fallen heroes among you, console their family and care for their children and dependents. We are all proud of the NAF

    • whereto

      Amen to your prayer

    • Julius

      I ndeed,,,Anen !

    • Patriotism

      Ameen, a good one……

  • share Idea

    Thank God. Nigeria will be spared of bleeding $1B out of ECA to finance APC 2019 election campaign, as their cover is again blown open by one of their agents in a bid to deceive the gullible.

  • Adele Uhuru

    This administration is getting more and more uncoordinated it seem everyone have a varying narrative as to this accursed Boko haram sponsored and reinforced by the Northerners; here the administration seeks 1 Billion USD to fight a defeated enemy while the military re-emphasize that they have defeated this same Northern grown terror group , I think maybe they are planning another buying spree of homes in UAE for the Northern Military and Political big wigs ?

    • Patriotism

      A hate speech on social media. Sign of uncivilization.

      • Adele Uhuru

        Laughable- the truth now is hate speech –

  • tsunami1earthquake

    Second time of defeating the Boko Haram; but if this is the case, there is no need anymore to request 1 billion dollars!

  • thusspokez

    The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, on Sunday restated a widely held stance by federal officials that the Boko Haram insurgents have been defeated

    Now we know who has been misinforming President Buhari and his officials, and consequently misleading them.

    Presidents rely on their advisers to update them on varieties of issues. Clearly Buhari’s Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai has been misinforming the president with regard to the boko haram situation.

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Buratai, to convince us that Boko Haram has truly been defeated, please proceed to Sambisa forest with your immediate family. Yeye dey smell.

  • Bassey Frank

    What then is the $1bn deducted from ECA for?

    • The Optimist

      Stealing for 2019 election!

  • The Optimist

    Buhari should peacefully return the 1billion dollars withdrawn from excess crude accyback to the treasury. Why take money for a war that has been won?

    • Razor


    • AryLoyds

      That money is meant for send off party

      • Otile

        There will be no send off party for the dullard. He will chill out in a whimper unceremoniously. Nigeria will remember Buhari with a shrug of shoulders.

        • AryLoyds

          He will be classed as the genocide fulani president !

  • Nnamdi Nwachuku

    if really they have been defeated, then what do you need $1 billion for? for 2019 political campaign? i hope you will be ready to be arrested by DSS if Buhari loses


    Ok, we hope so and great job……..So Buhari should return the 1billion USD for starters.


    • princegab

      The Accountant GF said there will be no going back on the gift sir.
      Luck Bratai I guess.



    • Julius

      He got the billion dollar already ?

  • AryLoyds

    What is the Diff Btw Bokoharam and fulani herdsmen ? This Fulani Army are just deceiving themselves , God will punish them and their families !

  • Razor

    If you have defeated the boko haram terrorists why then do you guys need $1B for? You guys are a cartel of dangerous, heartless corrupt people.

  • Intrepid

    How many times have they been defeated? All these illiterate military appointees should stop playing with our sensibilities.

  • omo56

    Now go after killer fulani herdsmen

    • Julius

      Yes…they should stop cuddling and making excuses for them. They are terrorists. I will not be surprised to find out that they are member of the BK.

  • Julius

    I heard somewhere when a president of a country said that ISIS have been defeated but those terrorists were still running around killing innocent people and destroying villages and towns after . My point is that you can’t totally defeat these murderous animals because they are not a regular army where a surrender documents will be signed after the war. I do not believe that BK is totally defeated either. Weakened and Contained, maybe.