B’Haram: Military Tasks Civilians On Dec. Deadline
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Gabriel Olanisakin, yesterday, urged Nigerians to be security conscious and report suspicious activities to security agencies, in order to meet the December, 2015 deadline to eradicate Boko Haram insurgency in the North East.
Olanisakin, who said this yesterday in Maiduguri, while briefing newsmen on ongoing military Operation Lafiya Dole, noted that security was the business of everyone.
He said, “Nigerians should continue to ensure that they are security conscious and ensure that they report any issue that is of security implications on their lives and property. They should report suspicious activities in their respective communities to the military and other security agencies, so that they could immediately be nipped in the bud.
“My visit to Maiduguri, Borno State, was to inspect the ongoing Counter-Terrorism and Counter-Insurgency Operations against Boko Haram terrorists, with a vow that this December deadline was met and sacrosanct on terrorism in this country.”
He, however, noted that there had been losses on the part of the military, which he said was inevitable in a war against Boko Haram insurgency and terrorism.
He said that the losses and challenges being encountered in the operations would enable the military “plan and re-stratagise” for further operations to meet the December deadline return peace in the affected North East.
While reviewing Operation Lafiya Dole, Olanisakin said: “The operation is still ongoing; and we are doing quite well. The indices of this operation is that we are making so much progress in the areas that we are; including the ones we have taken over from the insurgents.
“Civil authorities are beginning to get back to these liberated areas of Baga, Gambouru, Bama, Gwoza and other communities on the fringes of Sambisa Forest in Borno and Yobe states.”
On meeting the December deadline, he said: “It is sacrosanct. We are working and of course we will let you know as time goes on. Of course in operational situations like this, you have challenges; and we are addressing those challenges to make sure that we mitigate them.
“I’m also going to see what is happening in Jakana village and its environs; and assess the position of things in that location. This will enable us give further directives; as to what to do next meet the December deadline on insurgency and terrorism in the nation.
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