The Military Has Met Buhari’s Dec. 31 Deadline- Mohammed

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Minister of Information and
Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, yesterday in an interactive session with senior
newsmen in Lagos according to a statement said the military has met the
deadline set for it by President Muhammadu Buhari to wipe out terrorism by the
end of December, 2015 and he is saying it with all authority. Lai who praised
them said the sect members’ power has now been reduced to only bomb blasts. His
words;
“Today, I can report to you that the entire 70-plus
kilometre stretch (territories) from Maiduguri to Bama and all the way to Banki
(which leads to Cameroon and the Central African Republic) are in the hands of
our gallant troops.
“Our soldiers’ presence can be felt every few metres along
the road that skirts the Sambisa Forest. At a point along that road, we were
just about two kilometres to the Sambisa Forest, which is continuously being
pounded by our dedicated and patriotic military. Continue…

“That brings me to the issue of the December 31, 2015
deadline issued by President Muhammadu Buhari to our military to defeat the
terrorists. Based on what I saw during my trip to the liberated areas of Borno
State (which by the way is the epicentre of the war) and the briefings I
received from the Chief of Defence Staff and the Theatre Commander, I can
confidently inform you that our gallant military has largely met that deadline.
“They have so degraded the capability of Boko Haram that the
terrorists can no longer hold on to any territory, just as they can no longer
carry out any spectacular attacks. Remember, gentlemen, that at the height of
the war, Boko Haram controlled 20 of the 27 local governments in Borno. Today,
they do not control any local government anywhere.”
He added, “I can hear you saying to yourself, ‘but the
terrorists are still carrying out suicide bombings and killing people’. My
response to that is that such is the nature of insurgency anywhere. Unlike a
war between two armies, an insurgency never ends with an armistice. Even in
countries like Colombia, where insurgency was supposed to have ended decades
ago, attacks still happen.
“The largely defeated Boko Haram has now adopted a new
style: attacking soft targets like motor parks, schools, entertainment centres,
religious centres, etc, killing innocent people, mostly women and children.
“They have capitalised on the missing part of the war on
terrorism: the civilian component. Our military has availed itself creditably.
It is our turn, as civilians, to give them our unalloyed support, to realise
that what they are fighting is not their war but our war; hence we must own the
war.”

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