Abuja - President Goodluck has applauded troops for the recapture of territories formerly held by insurgents in the country’s North-Eastern states.
According to a statement by Reuben Abati, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Jonathan gave the commendation following visits to in Mubi, Adamawa State and Baga, Borno State during his visit to the area.
He visited the areas on Thursday as the military seemed to overpower the Boko Haram Islamists.
“President Jonathan declared that he and all Nigerians were very proud of the bravery, competence and patriotism with which they were now undertaking operations to expel the insurgents from all parts of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states. The President said that with their recent successes, which have overwhelmingly turned the tide against Boko Haram, the Nigerian military has proven beyond any doubt that it remains fully capable of defending the territorial integrity of Nigeria,” the statement read.
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It added that the military’s recent victories against Boko Haram also proven conclusively that all those, within and outside the country, who cast aspersions on Nigerian soldiers and questioned their ability and willingness to overcome the insurgents, were misinformed and wrong.
Jonathan assured the troops the Federal Government would ensure that they received all the equipment and logistics they required to complete the ongoing mission to reassert government’s effective control over all areas formerly held by Boko Haram.
The President promised the soldiers that all issues pertaining to their welfare would be properly and expeditiously addressed.
He assured them that they will be duly rewarded for their bravery and patriotic service to the nation at the successful conclusion of ongoing operations against Boko Haram. Families of soldiers who have sadly lost their lives in battles against Boko Haram will also be well provided for, the President further assured the troops.
The army has been involved in a long-drawn fight against the Boko Haram sect whose terror has killed thousands and displaced scores more in an attempt to carve an Islamic state.
Elections set for earlier this month as well as the weekend were recently rescheduled as a result of the terror in the north east.
- CAJ News