The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai, has said the Nigerian Army is already in a celebration mood over what it called its defeat of the Boko Haram insurgents.
Buratai stated this on Wednesday, adding that what is going on at the moment in the Northeast were minor skirmishes by the insurgent group in order to gain some relevance.
According to the Army chief, the Nigerian Army is organizing its sports festival in Abuja next week after eight years it last held one to convince Nigerians that it has indeed defeated Boko Haram.
Buratai said: “We have more than degraded the Boko Haram. I want to say this is the beginning of the celebration of the victory of the Armed Forces especially the Nigerian army on the defeat of the Boko Haram, we have started the process of celebrating our victory over the Boko Haram”.
On the possibility of the war against Boko Haram to distract the Army from other activities, the COAS said: “Yes we are fighting but it will not prevent us from carrying out other professional engagement that would even make us to fight better; and to develop physical capacity to fight better.
“Like I said, thius is the beginning of the celebration of the Armed a Forces, particularly the Army on the engagement with Boko Haram. We have started celebrating the defeat of the Boko Haram.”
By Timothy Enietan-Matthews
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