The Coalition of Civil Society Groups Against Terrorism in Nigeria (CCSGATN), has hailed the Nigerian military for ramping up the fight against Boko Haram/ISWAP sect, saying that the bravery and gallantry of the troops lately has decimated bandits and terrorists in the North-East and Zamfara State.
This is just as the coalition applauded the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, for physically leading the grand offensive mounted by the military against Boko Haram and the Islamic State for West African Province (ISWAP) over the past few weeks.
In a statement issued over the weekend in Abuja by the Coalition and signed by its convener, Comrade Oladimeji Odeyemi and the National Secretary, Barr John Atani, the group said the visible paradigm shift in the approach of the Nigerian Army to the battle against terrorism is apparently producing positive results.
Recall that since Gen. Buratai relocated to the North-East early April to oversee and coordinate troops of the Nigerian Army in the counter-insurgency war against the Boko Haram and the ISWAP, the terrorists have been decimated and have surrendered to the superior firepower of the military.
Last week, fighters of Boko Haram and ISWAP dropped off 72 members of their families in Gamboru Ngala, Borno State, following attacks from the military. This comes as troops also killed 18 terrorists and three suicide bombers within one week in Gwoza, Firgi Mubi-Kamale Road as well as Ngoshe near the Nigeria-Cameroon border.
The Defence Headquarters had also recently disclosed that 11 members of ISWAP terrorists have surrendered to the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD) in North East.
Commending the onslaught of the troops on terrorists from both land and air fronts, the coalition said it is refreshing and reassuring that since Buratai has been leading the frontline of the theatre of the battle, the morale of the fighting men and women had not only pep up but the nation’s enemies have been scampering for cover.
The statement read in part, “We have always believed that the Nigerian military, which has distinguished itself globally since its first participation in a UN peacekeeping mission in the Congo in 1960, has what it takes not only to protect and defend Nigeria’s territorial integrity but also to win even an asymmetrical warfare like the one against Boko Haram/ISWAP – under the right circumstances. We are glad that the military is now proving us right,”The coalition averred that it is collectively thrilled that the Nigerian Army not only killed scores of the insurgents to prevent them from gaining grounds, but went the gallant step of taking the war to the insurgents even after they fled.
“We salute our gallant and committed soldiers of the Nigerian Army for handing out decisive blows against the insurgents especially the troops’ sustained efforts in successfully tracking down and smoking out terrorists from their hideouts which is quite gratifying.”
While enjoining Nigerians to continue to show unwavering support to troops, the anti-terrorism groups said the fight against terrorism have gathered great momentum since the COAS relocated to the Theatre of Operations.
“We urge the President to give the Army Chief, Gen Tukur Buratai, all the necessary support he needs to defeat the Boko Haram insurgents because this is the window of victory we have all been waiting for to shut down the terrorists once and for all. “
The coalition urged the military to sustain its ongoing efforts to further degrade the fighting ability of the insurgents, adding that it is important for all Nigerians to continue to support the troops in every way possible so that the monsters who have killed and maimed at will in the past several years can be defeated.