The Defense Headquarters (DHQ) yesterday assured Nigerians that the military will attain the December deadline given by President Muhammadu Buhari for ending Boko Haram insurgency in the country.
The DHQ spokesman, Colonel Rabe Abubakar gave the assurance when he held a meeting with the editorial team of Media Trust Limited, publishers of Daily Trust newspaper at its Abuja head office.
He said: “We are on course, to meet the deadline given to us by President Buhari, with the active collaboration of the Chief of Defense Staff and other Service Chiefs, the insurgency will definitely be over before the deadline or at worst on the deadline”.
The Defense spokesman added that the military was poised to maintain the recent success recorded: “we will maintain that level of momentum; we are not going to fail Nigerians”, noting that: “I believe the activities of Boko Haram will very soon be a thing of the past”.
While stressing that the military is sustaining its onslaught against the insurgents, Abubakar appealed that: “we can achieve it by having a vibrant media on our side”.
According to him, his visit to the newspaper’s office was to push for partnership with the media towards ending the Boko Haram Insurgency.
Abubakar said: “We count on you not only to report but campaign in such a manner that it will send messages to the insurgents and those who may be lured into it”, adding that: “If you champion this we may do away with Boko Haram”.
Responding to a question on the abducted Chibok School girls, who spent 500 days in Boko Haram captivity yesterday, Abubakar said: “the military is doing enough, the military; all of us are in the north east to ensure that, not just to finish Boko Haram but get our loved ones back”.
“I believe as we move on with our operations the possibility of getting them is hundred percent”, the Defence spokesman declared.
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