Lai Muhammed: “The Mission is accomplished by the fall of Sambisa”

The Federal Government has restated its commitment to restore normalcy to the North Eastern part of the country.

Lai Muhammed

Lai Muhammed

Nigeria’s Information and Culture Minister Alhaji Lai Mohammed who stated this in Yola the capital of Adamawa state on Monday said efforts are being made by the Nigerian government and other stakeholders to end the fight against terrorism once and for all.

This comes shortly after the capture of camp-zairo popularly known as Sambisa forest which was hitherto under the control of Boko haram insurgents by the Nigerian Military.

The Minister alongside his Defence counterpart led some selected journalists and members of the Bring Back Our Girls Advocacy group led by Dr Oby Ezekwisili to Sambisa Forest on an Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance mission with the Nigerian Airforce crew.

Alhaji Mohammed said the government was working to see that a realistic carrot and stick approach is achieved.

“As a government there is a high profile effort that involves a good number of countries all aimed at ending the hostilities,” Lai Mohammed stated.

On his part, the Minister of Defence, General Mansur Dan Ali(retired) said the process is still ongoing. He said the fight is not over yet despite the fall of camp Zairo also known as Sambisa.

“The Mission is accomplished by the fall of Sambisa but we will still keep our eyes on the ball with greater focus,” the Defence Minister said.

The convener of the Bring Back Our Girls Advocacy group Dr. Oby Ezekwisili applauded the Nigerian Airforce after carefully listening to their presentation and strategies before embarking on the Sambisa operation ISR

“I want to advice that the Air force embarks on more research to identify identity of abducted persons and also take care of the welfare of personnel to motivate them especially the fallen heroes,” she said.

She then demanded the end game to the fight against insurgency, asking if there are some new variations and strategies that can be reviewed from time to time in the operation, citing examples of Iraq and Afghanistan where the end game theories of the war were always put in the front burner of discussions and debates.

Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar attributed the recent successes in the operation to massive investment in Air asset, particularly in the Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance.

Source: Agencies

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