– Troops of the Nigerian army are making further progress into Sambisa Forest the stronghold of Boko Haram
– Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai, says the advancement is in a bid for a final showdown with the sect
– Buratai says support of Nigerians is necessary to bring an end to the w*r against insurgency.
The Nigerian troops within the theatre in the Northeast, have started making advancement for a final showdown with Boko Haram fighters in Sambisa Forest.
Ttroops have commenced advancing into the Forest, which is one of the major enclaves of Boko Haram t********s.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, said in Abuja on Tuesday the advancement was an onslaught to finally flush out remnants of insurgents from the forest and rescue all those abducted in that area.
NAN reports that Buratai unveiled the operation at the launch of packs of bottle water provided through p*****e initiative in appreciation of troops f******g the t********s in the region.
“This year (2016), the whole Army Headquarters will be moving into the North East to celebrate Christmas and New Year with our troops, ’’ he said.
Buratai described the bottle water initiative for free distribution to troops as “quite historic and the first of its kind.’’
“The scheme involves branding 50cl bottle water with the image of the Nigerian soldier.
“It has the Nigerian army logo and that of stakeholders and partners from the p*****e sector with the words: Thank you for your service.’’
According to him, the initiative seeks to appreciate the efforts of Nigerian troops actively engaged in the defence of our dear nation.
“This will no doubt go a long way in boosting the morale of the troops to show that their labour is being recognized and applauded by Nigerians.
“This initiative is quite timely, coming at a critical stage of the operations, when the troops have embarked on `Operation Rescue Finale.’
“It will surely add vigour, impetus and stimulate the troops in this phase of the operation,’’ Buratai said.
Several corporate and public sector organisations, as well as state governments graced the unveiling of the troops’ bottle water.
NAN also reports that the troops’ bottle water initiative was supported by Enugu state government (N10 million), Ebonyi Government (N5 million) and the Nigeria Customs Service(N1.5 million), among others.
In a similar vein, the Nigerian Army has launched ‘Operation Python Dance’ to help quell agitations for secession in the south-eastern part of the country.
There have been agitations from groups like the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) leading to serious concerns from the government.
These groups have continued to clamour for a break-up of the country and the establishment of Biafra carved out from Nigeria.
The leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, has remained in detention after he was arrested by Nigerian security operatives over a year ago, but this has deterred his supporters who have overtime clashed with the military.
With the establishment of the new operation, the Army has warned all secessionist groups against acts capable of threatening the nation’s sovereignty.