—Boko Haram activities now contained, Buratai says
YBTC News—Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army Staff, says the Boko Haram terrorists are being contained with the recent renewed joint military offensive against them in Northern Borno and border areas.
General Buratai said the offensive had pushed them to the remote Islands on the Lake Chad basin.
Represented by Maj.-Gen. Lamidi Adeosun, the Chief of Training and Operations, the chief of army staff disclosed this in an interview with newsmen at Monguno in Borno North after celebrating the Easter with troops.
He said the containment of the terrorists was made possible by joint operations by troops of the Lake Chad Basin countries, including the Multinational Joint Task Force – MNJTF.
“You will discover that the Boko Haram terrorists are now lurking around the borders, especially the dangerous and inaccessible areas of the Tumbun and Islands (of Lake Chad).’’
“And the best way to handle them is to have concentration of forces,’’ he said.
On the ongoing joint operations between Nigerian and Chadian troops in Northern Borno, Buratai said that the coming of the Chadians had given a boost to troops and equipment concentration in the area.
He said that this was necessary to route the terrorists from their hiding places in the Islands.
Earlier, while addressing troops of Sector 3 of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Buratai expressed satisfaction that they had turned the tide against the terrorists, adding that it was no longer business for them as usual.
“I urge you not to relent; you must continue to heat the iron now that our iron is very, very red so that we can beat the iron to the shape that we all like.
“You must maintain the momentum; we must never ever allow the reverse to be the case again. Now that we are moving, we must continue to move.
“Now, we are pursuing, we must continue to pursue, we are on the offensive, we should never withdraw to defensive position.
“You must remain bold and continue to do all that it takes to take the power, life and breath out of Boko Haram,’’ the army chief charged the troops.