[Image: Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai]
The Nigerian army has said that it will not be in a hurry to rescue the schoolgirls that were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents in Chibok even after well over 500 days in captivity.
The Acting Director of Defence Information, Col. Rabe Abubakar disclosed this at a press conference in Lagos yesterday.
Col. Abubakar, while noting that though it was of utmost concern to the military to rescue the girls, said that the operation still needs more patience and adequate planning.
He said, “The issue of the low morale of the Nigerian military men has now become a thing of the past. The operation to recover the Chibok girls is alive and still ongoing. We have continued to make rescue efforts, and we will do all within our powers to bring the girls.
“However, we will not rush to do this. It requires diligent intervention and a high-level operation to rescue the girls. In due time, every captive of Boko Haram will be released.
“A lot of achievements have been recorded recently, and this cannot be disconnected from the high morale of the army.
He, however, gave assurances that insurgency will soon be forgotten and that Nigerian army is cooperating with Niger, Chad and Cameroon to eliminate the menace.
“We want to assure our citizens that soon, insurgency will be a thing of the past. But, it is not only about the military or the North-Eastern region. It is our collective duty to ensure that there is peace in the country.
“The Nigerian army has put together a multilateral cooperation. Niger, Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon are partnering to ensure we win the terrorism war.”
“The Defence Headquarters has brought out a committee to work out modalities to set up a safe horizon.
“This is a place where terrorists who decide to surrender will go. Once they are there, they will be spared of any molestation and given treatments conforming to international best practices.
“A terror group can only survive on information. Information has been identified as one of the key elements relied on by terrorist groups to perpetrate their heinous crimes.
“It is for this reason that we seek collaboration with the media. We are not sleeping. We are cooperating with the relevant agencies in the fight against the terrorists,” he stated.
It could be recalled that the girls were abducted from their school hostels in Chibok Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, in April 15, 2014.
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