The theatre commander of Operations Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor has declared that rescuing the Chibok girls and other Nigerians held captive by the Boko Haram remains critical in the operational objectives of the military.
He stated this during a visit to Yola to assess and follow up on report of the activities of officers and men of the 23 Armoured Brigade, Yola.
Irabor told Newsmen that the military has rescued over 20,000 people from the enclaves of the Boko Haram and currently strategising on a daily basis on how to rescue every person held by the insurgents. He assured Nigerians that the military will win the war against insurgency. He dismissed recent reports on Shekau as false and insisted that the military had killed the Boko Haram leader, stressing that the claim on his whereabouts by the terrorist group was false.
The governor of Adamawa State, Senator Muhammad Umaru Jibrilla, while welcoming the Operation Lafiya Dole commander commended the brave efforts of the military in bringing peace to key cities in Adamawa, particularly, like Mubi and Michika, among other towns that had been overrun by the Boko Haram. Governor Jibrilla promised to support the military in its effort towards defeating the Boko Haram and other terrorists in the country.
Major General Irabor condoled with the governor over lives lost as a result of the activities of the Boko Haram in the state and as a result the recent killings by armed herdsmen. The commander said the Nigerian military would continue to respect human rights and operate within international and professional best practices of the military.
Meanwhile, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has told Air Force personnel involved in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East that President Muhammadu Buhari is very happy and appreciates their efforts.
Abubakar made the statement yesterday while having lunch with the troops at the Yola Air Force Base as part of Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.
The Chief of Army Staff, represented by Chief of Policy and Plans, NAF headquarters, Air Vice-Marshal James Abubakar, urged the troops to sustain the effort towards bringing peace to the North-East and the entire country.
He said: “The good work you are doing is appreciated by the Commander-in-Chief; he sends his greetings wwat this festive time. He commends your efforts and urges you to sustain your commitment for peace in the Northeast and Nigeria as a whole.
“We also want to use this opportunity to thank the commander-in-chief for his support to the Nigerian Air Force.’’
Air Officer Commanding Tactical Air Command, AVM Muhammed Mohammadu had earlier thanked the CAS for his commitment to their welfare and for always identifying with them to boost their morale.
“We want to pledge our support and loyalty to Nigerian Air Force and the nation,” Muhammadu said.