Military Will Wipe Out Remnants Of Boko Haram – Defence Minister
The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, says Boko Haram's activities in Nigeria's north-east region will soon end.
Dan-Ali gave the assurance during an award presentation by the Borno chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalist (NUJ) at the NUJ’s Combined Press Week in Maiduguri.
Dan-Ali was presented with a Platinum Award of Honour by Governor Kashim Shettima on behalf of the NUJ for the military’s efforts at restoring peace.
“I am really happy and honoured to be in Borno once again and to receive an award for my ministry.
“I want to thank the organisers of the programme for recognising the efforts of my ministry toward restoring peace and unity in Borno in particular and Nigeria in general.
“Let me use this opportunity to condole the Borno State Government on the sad incident of July 25 at Magumeri where oil exploration teams were ambushed along with the Military.
“Civilian Joint Task Force, University staff and some oil workers were killed, while some were held in Boko Haram captivity.
“I want to assure that this won’t bring any setbacks to our troops as we are determined more than ever before to completely clear the remnants of Boko Haram in our nation.
“I have ordered the Ministry of Defence to carry out thorough investigation on the attack to establish if there is a possibility of the locals and the insurgents who perpetrated the attack," he said.
The government has always emphasised that provision of security is not only the responsibility of the military.
"All stakeholders must play an important role.
“I also want to extend our appreciation to the NUJ Borno Chapter for its unbiased report on the campaign against Boko Haram.
“Your sense of patriotism and commitment has contributed immensely to the successes of the war against insurgency.
“However, despite all the successes recorded, the negative reports from some media organisations is highly uncharitable and unpatriotic. These negative reports have really dampened the morale of our fighting troops.
“We, therefore, urged the media to emulate the journalists reporting professionally in Borno. They must rise up and place the unity of Nigeria above all parochial sentiments," the Minister demanded.
Religious leaders were not left out in the call for collective effort in the fight against terror.