Military To Defeat Boko Haram By The End Of 2016

The era of insecurity, especially the Boko Haram insurgence would be a thing of the past before the end of December 2016.

This was the assurance given by the out-gone commandant of the 22 armoured brigades, Nigerian Army Sobi Ilorin, Brigadier General Benjamin Sawyer.

He said this while paying a courtesy visit on the kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, accompanied by his successor, Brigadier Sulyman Idris in Ilorin.

Addressing the governor on the purpose of the visit, Mr Sawyer explained that having been transferred from the state to Maiduguri, there is the need to inform and introduce the new helmsman to the governor.

He also noted that initially, there were lots of worries with the choice of 22 brigade been deployed to the north east but however assured the governor that the rear personnel were capable of providing the needed security to keep the state safe and secure.

The Army Chief then stressed the military’s determination to tackle the issue of Boko Haram.

He added that with the directive from the Chief of Army Staff, the insurgents “would be a thing of the past by the end of this month”.

In response to this, the kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, commended the Nigerian Army and other security agencies for their bravery in the fight against insurgency in the country and reiterated his readiness to continue to strengthen the relationship with security organisations in the state.

According to Ahmed, the Nigerian Army is a pride to the nation and has demonstrated sufficient competence to secure the nation against internal and external aggression.

He added that given the enabling environment, the army has the capacity to protect and secure the country.

The new commandant, Brigadier Idris, equally gave assurance of his readiness to ensure that security of lives and property are maintained in the state, while he urged the state government for their co-operation and support.