Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan has pledged to ensure all territories held by Boko Haram insurgents were liberated ahead of the transfer of power towards the end of this month.
According to Reuben Abati, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, the President stated this while receiving a delegation of Heads of Customs from the West and Central African Region of the World Customs Organisation led by the Secretary-General of the organization, Kunio Mikuriya, in Abuja.
Jonathan said he was determined to hand over a country completely free of terrorist strongholds to the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari.
Abati said Jonathan noted ongoing military operations in the North-East had already recorded huge successes with two states completely free from the control of terrorists, while operations in the third state had reached a concluding stage.
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Adamawa, Borno and Yobe are the worst affected by the Boko Haram surge.
“We can now say two states are completely free from terrorist control, while in the third state, it is only in one Local Government Area that they are still present. That is in the Sambisa Forest,” Jonathan said.
He noted that the military had already moved into the forest to seize the remaining camps of the terrorists, adding that the recent rescue of about 300 abducted girls and women was further evidence of the success being achieved in the ongoing operation.
The Boko Haram insurgency has claimed the lives of more than 13 000 people over the past six years and displaced close to 2 million. The military has nonetheless made strides in eliminating the terror in the past few weeks.
Mikuriya meanwhile commended Jonathan for supporting the reform of the Nigeria Customs Service, noting that other African countries had already started emulating the vision, strategy, adoption to new technology and result- oriented training of officers that were captured in Nigeria’s reforms.
- CAJ News