‘How We Curbed Boko Haram, ISWAP Activities’

Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi, has said that the activities of Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province, ISWAP, are been curtailed to the barest minimum.

He disclosed this at the opening ceremony of the ‘2021 Chief of Army Staff Annual Conference’ in Abuja.

Magashi, a retired Major General, said peace is gradually being restored to all troubled areas in the country, due to the doggedness of the officers and soldiers of the Armed Forces and the Nigerian Army in particular.

He emphasized the need for the Armed Forces to remain professional in carrying out its constitutional roles.

“Let me boldly state that the military has been the unifying factor of our dear nation since our independence and it must continue to be apolitical and non-tribal as a professional force,” said the Defence Minister.

Earlier in his welcome address, Lt. Gen. Faruq Yahaya, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), said the military and indeed the Nigerian Army has witnessed enormous security challenges, ranging from increased banditry activities, kidnapping for ransom, as well as Indigenous People of Biafra/Eastern Security Network activities and wanton killings across the country.

“Notwithstanding all these challenges, the Nigerian Army continues to record remarkable successes in the protection of our dear country,” he added.

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