Friday, 6 July 2018

End Of Boko Haram Will Come Sooner Than Later - VP

Nigeria Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said on Thursday that the celebration of the 2018 Nigerian Army Day in Mongunu, north of Borno, was proof that "the end of the Boko Haram terrorist group will come sooner or later ".

Osinbajo, who spoke at a "Mini Fair and Exhibition of Military Equipment as part of activities to mark the day, also said it was evidence that the terrorist had been" significantly degraded.

According to him, Borno and the whole region (North East) will surely rebound, and with the support of the rest of the country, compensate for years of blood and destruction.

The Vice President said Sambisa Forest, once the symbol of Boko Haram's rule over the area, had been recovered, while reconstruction work had begun in many communities across the state.

"Indeed, we are here to celebrate all these wonderful achievements and progress.

"At one point, a few years ago, it seemed like the terrorists were succeeding.

"Due to insecurity, social and economic life has stopped in many parts of the state, with Boko Haram controlling a vast territory and acting as the de facto government of the state.

"The city of Monguno, which welcomes us today, was a few years ago firmly in the hands of terrorists.

"Today, fortunately, the wind has turned, largely because of the gallant and heroic work of the Nigerian army, and that is why we are here today to celebrate.

"We are here to celebrate the gallantry of our soldiers, men and women from all over Nigeria, from different religions and tribes and languages, gathered to fight and defeat a common enemy.

"We are also celebrating the resilience of the people of Borno State and reaffirming that our primary obligation as a government is to ensure that they can return to their communities and rebuild their lives and livelihoods. peace and security ". "said the vice president.

Osinbajo welcomed the progress made by the ongoing Last Last operation to clear the remains of terrorists from the Lake Chad Basin and north of Borno.

Vice President noted over the past three years, life was gradually returning to many parts of Borno as schools reopened, airlines resumed flights, held religious celebrations, main roads and reopened highways.

He said he was confident that NADCEL and the events planned to mark him in Mongunu "will go a long way in changing the negative narrative of terrorism, hunger and danger that has defined Nigeria's northeastern Lake Chad. Basin, in the last decade. ''

Osinbajo praised the army, which he said had waged war at home and abroad, to secure the country and keep it united, even though it suffered losses and setbacks.

He particularly congratulated the Chief of Staff of the Army, Lieutenant General. Tukur Yusuf Buratai for "inspiring the Nigerian army to turn the tide against Boko Haram".

"With the success of another celebration of Army Day, this time in the midst of a dying insurgency, General Buratai left no doubt about the quality of his leadership.

"And today, we are all proud to be associated with the Nigerian army for the current victory in the Northeast.

"Long chance this win continues, even if it extends to other troubled parts of the country," he said.

The vice president acknowledged the sacrifice made by members of the armed forces and other security agencies in the fight against terrorists, saying "we are here to remember.

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