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•••Urges Nigerians To Be Tough, Resilient To Overcome Challenges

As the Military continues to wage war against terrorists and bandits across the country, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has urged citizens to be tough and resilient to overcome current challenges facing the country.

The DHQ also said, its own troops in the past two weeks have killed 286 terrorists and arrested 244 in various theaters of operation.

Addressing newsmen on Thursday, at the biweekly media briefing, at the DHQ Abuja, the Director, Defence Media Operations (DMO), Major General Edward Buba said, “There is no better time to manifest these qualities in us in overcoming the pains of today.

According to him, “There is no doubt that, the times that we are in, is difficult and therefore a watershed moment for our country. Citizens are urged to realize that tough times do not last, but tough people do. As a people, we are renowned for our pride in being tough and resilient.”

“There is no better time to manifest these qualities in us in overcoming the pains of today, in order for the  gains of tomorrow. I dare say that, this too shall pass. The time is  ripe for patriotic and well-meaning citizens to contribute alternative ideas on ways to make a difference in turning the situation around. Collaborative effort is essential at this time. Simply put, we are one people, one nation and one destiny.”

General Buba also noted that, the military is wasting no time and sparing no effort to ensure security and safety of citizens across the country.

Accordingly, he stated that the military would continue to take necessary measures to ensure a secured and safer environment for citizens.

“Following the chorus of voices saturating the air waves in the country, there is no gain saying that, there are salient challenges affecting our country that require practical ideas and solutions. It is against this background that the military finds itself uniquely positioned to unabatedly address the security challenges in the country.”

“The armed forces is not only ensuring decimenation of terrorist and the cohorts in the country. It remains focussed and concentrates on the task and mission at hand,” he said.

While narrating the operational successes of the military in the last two weeks against terrorists, General Buba disclosed that, “During the week under review, troops neutralised 286 and arrested 244 of them.

“Troops also arrested 83 perpetrators of oil theft and rescued 122 kidnapped hostages. In the SS, troops denied the oil theft of the estimated sum of N2,565,479,720.00 only.”

“Furthermore, troops recovered 587 assorted weapons and 7,943 assorted ammunition. The breakdown as follows: 207 AK47 rifles, 56 locally fabricated guns, 17 pump action guns, 10 locally fabricated pistols, 22 dane guns, one FN rifle, 6 double barrel automatic pump action, 2 double barrel guns, 2 x 36 hand grenades and 10 IEDs.”

“Others are 4,088 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 2,529 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 138 rounds of 9mm ammo, 39 rounds of 7.62mm refilled ammo, 331 P445 rounds of 7.62mm special, 180 rounds 5.5mm ammo, 2 PKT link of 7.62mm special, 445 live cartridges, 67 magazines, 6 HH radios,14 vehicles, 32 motorcycles, 34 mobile phones and the sum of N4,876,950.00 amongst other items.”

“Troops in the Niger Delta area discovered and discovered and destroyed 134 dugout pits, 79 boats and 116 storage tanks. Other items recovered include 149 cooking ovens, one speedboat, 11 vehicles, 8 motorcycles and 74 illegal refining sites. Troops recovered 2,947,770 litres of stolen crude oil, 251,800 litres of illegally refined AGO, 6,125 litres of DPK and 6,790 litres of PMS.”

On one hand, the Director, DMO said the above is indicative of the fact that troops are recording successes week in and week out in the ongoing counters insurgency operations across the country.

He also opined that, “We can not win this kind of war militarily.”

In his words, “We have eliminated several terrorist, their leaders and commanders. Troops are continually going after the terrorist and dislodging them from their hideouts. In spite of all these, it would appear that there is more to be done to win this war outside the use of military pressure.”

“Accordingly, we must now win this war by changing the conditions that make the insurgents willing to fight. We must also win the war by increasing support for government at various levels through heart and mind projects indicative of good governance.”



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