BY ANAYO ONUKWUGHA
The Nigerian Army has said that it is at the stage of conducting stabilisation operations in parts of the Northeast geopolitical zone of the country, following the degradation of Book Haram insurgents. Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. General Tukur Buratai disclosed this yesterday in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, while speaking at the June 12 Lecture, organised by a good governance group, the Unity House Foundation (UHF), with the theme:
“National Security: Beyond Power, Passion and Politics.” Buratai, who was represented by the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Major-General Jamil Sarham, said the operation would ensure that the civil populace in the Internally Displaced Persons Camps return to their homes for socio-economic activities to thrive in their communities. He said: “I can assure you that the Nigerian Army is poised to live to its constitutional responsibility by ensuring that all threats to the countries national security is defeated at the earliest possible time. “A lot of progress has been made in the fight against the Boko Haram Insurgency which hopefully is at its last stage.
The main efforts have been achieved as the insurgents’ capacity to hold territories have been greatly degraded. “The Nigerian Army is at the stage of conducting Stabilisation Operations which will ensure that the civil populace in the IDPs camps return to their homes for socio-economic activities to thrive in their communities.” The Chief of Army Staff stated that the Nigerian Army has also restored normalcy to the creeks of the Niger Delta, which has increased the level of socio-economic activity in the region.