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Akobundu hails military's success against insurgents

21 April 2015, 21:30

Abuja -  The Minister of State for Defence, retired Col. Augustine Akobundu, has commended the Nigerian Army for the successes so far recorded in the fight against insurgents in the North-East.

Akobundu, who gave the commendation on Tuesday when he visited the Army headquarters, however, noted that the successes came with a lot of challenges.

"In the face of daunting challenges, very grave challenges with deficient armament holding, you upturn the balance against the insurgents.

It is heartwarming to note that you brought resourcefulness; innovations to match the political will that the president exhibited in making sure that you turn the tide against the insurgents.

"As we speak today, I am aware that you just have one major objective to deal with and this country will be cleared of all forms of insurgency.

Also read: Air Force incorporate new ammunition to fight insurgency

"I know it has not been easy; in the process you have lost so many officers and men; families have been rendered fatherless. It is painful they paid the supreme price,’’ he said.

He called for a minute silence in honour of officers who died in course of fighting the Boko Haram terrorists, and charged the Army to continue to subject itself to constituted authorities.

Responding, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Kenneth Minimah, said except the Sambisa forest, troops had liberated all territories earlier seized by the terrorists in the North-East.

Minimah also noted that the victory "did not come cheap as it came with blood and loss of lives’’.

He described the battle to defeat the insurgents as "social media war’’, saying that whatever happened in the North-East was well known across the world.

The army chief said the six weeks extension granted for the just concluded elections enable the army to reclaim lost territories.



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