The Federal Government has congratulated the gallant troops of the
Nigerian military for finally seizing the Sambisa Forest from the Boko
Haram terrorists and securing the North-east, paving the way for
Sunday’s re-opening of two strategic roads in Borno State.
In a statement issued the Special Assistant to the Minister Segun Adeyemi,
the Minister of Information and Culture appealed to Nigerians to continue to
support the troops as they clear the remnants of the terrorists who
are now on the run.
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He also called for increased vigilance among Nigerians, as Boko Haram
escapees seek to integrate themselves into communities far and near,
saying eternal vigilance is the price of freedom.
The Minister urged Nigerians to keep our gallant and victorious troops in their prayers and to also imbibe the mantra of ‘if you see something, say
something’ as a way of ensuring that no escaped terrorist is able to
wreak havoc in their communities adding that It is also important to know that
now that they have been dispossessed of their fortress, the Boko Haram
escapees will intensify their cowardly attacks on vulnerable targets
if only to maintain an illusion of terror. But there should be no
panic because the worst is over, the Minister maintained.
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While commending the military for the re-opening of the
Maiduguri-Gubio-Damasak road and the Maiduguri-Mungono-Baga road,
which link Nigeria with neighboring countries, he hailed Borno State
Governor Kashim Shettima for his unwavering support for the military
and his administration’s determination to quickly restore normalcy
across the state, saying it was in recognition and celebration of the great
feat performed by the military that he decided to lead over 30
Nigerian and international journalists to join the Hon. Minister of
Defense retired Brig.-Gen. Mansur Dan Ali, the Service Chiefs and the
Governor of Borno State, at the opening of the two strategic roads in
Borno on Sunday, but Unfortunately, due to bad weather, the
flight to Maiduguri from Abuja was canceled after several hours of
waiting at the airport in Abuja.
Lai Mohammed said in the overall, the leadership provided by President
Muhammadu Buhari gave birth to the much-needed impetus for the military’s
victory in the North-east, and urged Nigerians to continue to give
their unalloyed support to the President in his untiring efforts to
restore peace and security across the country and also revamp the
Source: Nigerian Television Authority (NTA)