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Boko Haram: Gov Shettima, Security Chiefs speak on gains of Northeast operations

Borno Governor, Kashim Shettima has said that the days of Boko Haram attacks on communities in the state are over.
The governor stated this while speaking in Monguno at the closing of events of the Army Day Celebration.

According to the governor, “We have cut the rubicon of insurgency in the Northeast. Thank God we have come to the end of insurgency. Suicide attack is a sign of weakness, not strength.”

Minister of Defence, Brigadier-General Mansur Dan Ali (Rtd) commended the Army for establishing a motorcycle battalion that is enhancing quick mobility and providing security in areas of unfavourable vehicular movements, and the Air Force for setting up rapid response groups in the six geopolitical zones of the country.

The Minister assured that “appropriate measures are being put in place to address security challenges in the nation”.

“The Armed Forces are currently handling Operation Delta Safe in the South-South, Operation Safe Haven in the North Central and Operation Awatse to combat militant activities in the Arepo general area and other parts of the Southwest.

“Recently, the Nigerian Army established Operation Whirl Stroke to tackle insecurity in the North Central states”, he said.

In his speech, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin said that the military operations in the Northeast were moving from engagements of a combat nature to humanitarian and civilian support services to assist the victims of the insurgency to return to their communities which they were forced to abandon.

The Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Buratai said the choice of Monguno for the 2018 events was intended to celebrate the achievements of the army in its combat efficiency, civil-military relations and its efforts in research, development and technological attainments.

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