THE Chief Of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant- General Tukur Buratai, at the weekend assured that activities of the Boko Haram insurgents would end in a matter of days.
Buratai, vowed to beat the three months deadline given by President Muhammadu Buhari, to the Nigerian Armed Forces to wipe out insurgence in the country and restore normalcy to affected areas.
Buratai, who gave the assurance when he led a team of soldiers to recover some strongholds of the insurgence in some villages in Borno State, said there was no going back on the presidential order as officers and men of the Nigerian Armed Forces were more than determined to end the insurgency war and get on with other businesses of the military.
While the Army chief led the ground troop with heavy artillery, his counterpart, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, piloted a fighter jet to give aerial support to the ground troop as they charged through villages and routed the terrorists from their strongholds along the Mafa, Gamborou Ngala and Dikwa, roads all in Borno State.
The Army chief led by the General Officer Commanding, 7, Division, Nigerian Army, Maiduguri, Major-General Adeosun, principal staff officers from the Army Headquarters, Abuja, and some journalists, however, came under attack from the terrorists, who laid an ambush for the convoy.
The army chief, who made the vow during an interview with journalists at Dikwa, shortly after addressing troops, who made further advance to rout the militants from their strongholds, said without mincing words that “I want to assure the good people of Nigeria that the days of Boko Haram is over.
In just matter of days we are ending this nonsense and all those who had been displaced from their homes would return and continue with their normal activities.”[The Sun]