The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has appealed to Nigerians, especially those living in the northeast, not to be discouraged by the recent killing of farmers in Borno state.
It said very soon, the Boko Haram sect and its bloodletting will be over, adding that the resort to attacking soft targets by the terrorists is a ploy to instill fear in the populace to remain relevant and cause confusion.
Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major-General John Enenche, made the appeal while addressing journalists at the DHQ, Abuja on Thursday, December 3.
He said that despite the recent killing of the farmers, the military and other security agencies have continued their operations across the country with the aim of rooting out the armed criminals soon.
Enenche also dismissed insinuations in certain quarters that the military is overstretched due to the number of operations it is currently undertaking across the country.
“Our bosses that engaged us said we are overstretched, it is left to them. It is not for the military to say we are overstretched; I am not overstretched. If I say, I am overstretched, that means, I don’t want to work. And if I say, I am not overstretched, that means, I am under-utilized.”
Meanwhile, following an extensive appraisal of the security situation across the 19 northern states, the Coalition of Northern Patriots (CNP) on Friday, November 27, said that President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian military have successfully quelled the threats posed by criminal elements in the country.
The CNP said the feat is particularly impressive considering the concerted effort by some interest groups to undermine troops’ progress.
Speaking at a press conference in Abuja, Alex Samuel, on behalf of the group, said the appraisal was necessary to put things in proper perspective.
Samuel said that assessment tours, interviews with critical stakeholders, religious bodies, community leaders, security agencies as well as civil society organizations, and non-governmental organisations were deployed to ascertain the true state of things.
In a related development, the Democratic Coalition of Nigeria on Monday, November 30, alleged that some members of the opposition have continually initiated moves to undermine the sovereignty of Nigeria through the sponsorship of violence across the country.
The group, in a statement, said that the wave of violence across the country is the handiwork of those that are hell-bent on truncating democracy in Nigeria.