Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai has said that the remnants of boko haram insurgents have been pushed to the borders of Nigeria with Niger Republic, Chad and Cameroon.
Lt. Gen.Buratai said that the pockets of those insurgents operating in the borders are being cleared by the Multi-National TaskForce.
The Army chief, who spoke to journalists in Damaturu after paying a courtesy call on the Deputy Governor of Yobe State, Abubakar Ali, said the Army was consolidating on the peace in the region by opening up strategic roads that were once closed due to insurgent activities.
He adding that they will continue to give confidence to the civil population in the region by chasing out the remaining insurgents in the fringes.
His words: “We are further consolidating the successes by opening roads to allow people move freely without the fear of any attack. We will continue to do that. Yesterday, I was in Maiduguri and a day before yesterday. We have been able to open the Dikwa road up to Gamboru Ngala”.
We will continue to do that. We must certify that all the routes are safe and to also get people to be more confident and we have to assure them of that”.
Otherwise virtually all parts of the Northeast can be moved in but people are still apprehensive but you can see that the Multi-National Joint TaskForce is operating in the northern part of Borno and southern parts of Niger Republic and parts of Chad. These is where you see must of the remnant of Boko Haram are concentrated now.”
Lt. Gen. Buratai added:“But I must tell you that joint efforts are on the way to make sure that these terrorists are further pushed away from these areas. That is the clearance operation we are doing. I was in Kangarwa just a few meters to the boarders and that is where our troops have been operating and they would continue to advance to clear the remnants there.
It’s a joint effort now where you see the Chadians, Nigeriens, Cameroonians and our troops doing the clearance operations,”.
The Army Chief also praised the commitment and contribution of the Yobe State Government in the fight against the insurgency.
He announced that a sum of money had been earmarked in the 2016 budget for the building of the Army Special Forces School in Buni Yadi and a logistics military hospital in Damaturu.
Buni Yadi is one of the towns in Yobe State that was taken over by the insurgents before it was liberated by the military.
In his remarks, the deputy governor said the greatest problem of the state at the moment was to resettle the displaced people as peace returns to the state.
He maintained that Yobe government will continue to solicit assistance from wherever possible for the reconstruction of the destroyed communities, schools, hospitals, and other government facilities which is put at over N30 billion.