Colonel Sani Usman, Nigeria’s army spokesman, has gien the proof that the military will be able to meet President Muhammadu Buhari’s deadline in neutralizing the deadly Boko Haram group.
It should be recalled that Buhari, who was sworn-in on May 29, 2015, recently gave the army three months deadline to stop the insurgency.
Usman speaking to the VOA said its forces on September 1 recaptured from Boko Haram the economic and strategic town of Gamboru Ngala on the border with Cameroon.
According to him the operation engaged the air force and army.
“They gave us fire power support, aerial bombardment and the ground troops entered,” army’s spokesperson said.
He added that the retaking of Gamboru Ngala is the evidence that the army will be able end Boko Haram until December 2015, in coordination with neighbors Cameroon, Chad, Benin and Niger, which formed the joint military force.
“It is a fact of life. Today, the Nigerian army was able to capture the strategic town of Gamboru Ngala in the northeastern part of the country. It is so important to both the Nigerian people and of course the insurgents themselves,” Usman said.
“There’s a renewed cooperation, a collective responsibility not just among the Nigerian people and the Nigerian military but the neighboring countries as well under the auspices of the new Multinational Joint Task Force,” he continued.
Army’s spokesman said Gamboru Ngala forms economic comnnections between Nigeria and neighboring countries such as Cameroon, Niger, Chad, and Central African Republic.
There was no separate verification of the army’s claims. Usman said the military has severely degraded Boko Haram’s power to wage war.
“This singular act of recapturing Gamboru Ngala has further demonstrated that Boko Haram is about to become extinct,” he said.
President Buhari has made halting Boko Haram’s six-year-old insurgency a priority in his agenda to save Nigeria.