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Group Lauds Military’s Onslaught Against Terrorists


A group, coalition against Terrorism in Nigeria, (COATIN) has lauded the Nigerian military for its latest onslaught on terrorists, which resulted in the discovery and rescue of about 200 female hostages from Sambisa forest.

It also demanded more assaults that will end the fatal campaign of the insurgents and occasion the freedom of Chibok girls who have remained in the grip of Boko Haram for more than a year now.

The founder, Ezekiel Ogbonna, who stated this at a press conference preceding the group’s march for the freedom of Chibok girls and the eradication of terrorism in Nigeria, held in Lagos recently said they are happy about the development, but remains concerned about the Chibok girls who have lasted for more than 366 days in the terrorists’ den.

Ogbonna, however, expressed optimism that the Nigerian military with full support of the federal government and the synergy of the military of neighboring countries, such as Chad and Niger will end the reign of the Boko Haram and terrorists, and also free the Chibok girls who he believes are alive.

Describing the girls as such that have suffered unimaginable and immeasurable inhumanity due to the fact that they have been abused, Ogbonna sympathised with the parents of the girls saying “COATIN knows how grieved your families have been in the face of having your cherished children trapped in uncertainty in the custody of lethal incomplete homo-sapiens with queer and inexplicable dispositions, terrorists that have only lived for disorder and destruction.”

Ogbonna appealed for greater efforts from the military, which could help the present government to deliver the Chibok girls taken from their school as parting gift when this administration exits office on May 29, 2015.

Without mincing words, Ogbonna thanked President Jonathan for sustaining the present tempo of the war against terror and advised that the incoming Buhari–led government should work with stakeholders in the fight against terrorism so that when the present structure of Boko Haram is dismantled, terrorism principle could be nipped in the bud.

While decrying the spate of terrorism in the country, Ogbonna reiterates COATIN’s resolve to fight terrorism through strategic advocacy, campaigns and direct sensitisation, geared towards eradicating terrorism in its totality.

Worried about the plights of the kidnapped girls, Ogbonna expressed sadness over the uncertainties surrounding their existence as they remain in the den of bloodthirsty and callous insurgents. He said, ‘’Although I took matters of the Boko Haram as an ugly vicissitude upon Nigeria, I felt its pangs and poisonous fang when I lost my wife to the Nyanyan motor park bombing in Abuja and also when I lost my police brother serving in Adamawa to the strike of Boko Haram’’.

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