Lt. General Yusuf Buratai, Nigerian Chief of Army Staff, COAS, on Sunday declared that Boko Haram terrorists have been defeated in northeastern Nigeria by troops.
He had this known to newsmen at a special service held at St Bartholomew’s Military Church, Maimalari Contonment to commemorate the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day.
The Chief of Army Staff was represented by the Chief of Training and Operations, Army Headquarters, Maj. General David Ahmadu, disclosed that military has won the against Boko Haram insurgents.
Buratai said that 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 insurgent’s recruitment of the teeming unemployed youths that lack morality and are illiterates in their fight.
The Army chief admonished parents to ensure proper moral upbringing of their wards in order to protect them from being used by bad elements to foment troubles and disrupt peace in 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 a 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,” Buratai said.
He stressed the commitment of the military in ending the insurgency, protecting lives and property and securing the nation’s territorial integrity.
He noted that the Nigerian Army had contributed to peace-building in various countries around the world, including in the African sub-region.
Buratai added that the sacrifices of fallen heroes would be immortalised by ensuring unity, peace, and stability in the country.
He charged 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.
General Buratai tasked commanders to ensure effective use of equipment and logistics provided to aid the successful completion of the counter-insurgency.