President Goodluck Jonathan has pledged to liberate all Nigerian territories held by the Boko Haram sect before the May 29 hand over of power to the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari.
The promise came two days after 293 girls and women were rescued from the Sambisa forest, The President said this when he received a delegation of heads of Customs from the West and Central African Region of the World Customs Organisation, led by the Secretary-General of the organisation, Mr. Kunio Mikuriya. Jonathan said he was determined to hand over a country completely free of terrorist strongholds to Buhari.
According to him, the ongoing military operations in the Northeast has already recorded huge successes, with two states completely free from the control of terrorists, while operations in the third state had reached a concluding stage.
A statement from the office of his spokesman, Reuben Abati, last night in Abuja, quoted the President as saying, “We can now say two states are completely free from terrorist control, while in the third state, it is only in one Local Government Area that they are still present; that is, in the Sambisa Forest.”
This came as Nigerian troops, yesterday, killed hundreds of Boko Haram insurgents in hours of gun battle. One soldier died, while four others were injured as the terrorists battled in vain to retain nine major camps in the dreaded forest in Borno State.
Source: The Guardian