N/East elders hail military onslaught against terrorists

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By Sumaila Ogbaje

The North-East Elders for Restoration (NEER), a pressure group has hailed the ongoing military clearance operations nationwide, especially against Boko Haram/Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists.

The group gave the commendation in a statement by its president, Mallam Bello Katagum and Secretary, Alhaji Sani Sanusi, on Thursday, in Abuja.

They also declared their support for the appointment of Gen. Christopher Musa as Chief of Defence Staff and expressed confidence that Nigeria would witness improved security with the military under his command.

The group said the North East region witnessed improved security when Gen. Musa was the Theatre Commander, Operation Hadin Kai theatre.

They said it was during Musa’s tenure that displaced persons in the region began to return to their various means of livelihood as a result of intense military operations against terrorists.

According to the group, the region also witnessed large number of terrorists and their family members surrendering to troops of the Armed Forces of Nigeria.

“We are, therefore, not surprised that he has begun to replicate these attributes as the Chief of Defence Staff.

“No matter the noise from the terrorists and bandits, we are rest assured that the Armed Forces of Nigeria is in good hands.

“Very soon, Nigerians will begin to rejoice over the enemies who don’t want us to leave in peace.

“During his time as the Theatre Commander, Operation Hadin Kai, Gen. Musa was thorough, didn’t side any religion and gave the terrorists a hard time,” they said.

The elders also commended the military for the enhanced synergy between the services and other security agencies, saying it had produced positive results across the country.

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They urged Nigerians to continue to support the military to ensure their sacrifices for peace and stability would not be in vain. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)

Edited by Abiemwense Moru/Salif Atojoko

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