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
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
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"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.