VOICE OF NIGERIA
20 March, 2014
Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff,
Lieutenant General Kenneth Minimah has urged citizens of the country to keep faith in the Nigerian nation and the capability of the military to bring an end to any form of threat to the country.
Minimah however warned insurgents troubling Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states, North-East of the country to either embrace government’s option of dialogue or be wiped out by the country’s troops.
He made the remarks in Maiduguri,the Borno state capital, while on a visit to oversee the military operation aimed at curbing the activities of insurgents in the north-East.
Lieutenant General Minimah said time was running out for the insurgents and the only option left for them was to embrace dialogue. “Now is the last chance for dialogue and failure to abide by this advice would leave the insurgents facing the military might of the nation.” he warned. The Army Chief warned that the military was ready for the insurgents and would fight them till they surrender.
Accompanied by the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosun, Minimah said he was in Maiduguri to assess the condition of the troops on ground as well as boost their morale in the fight against insurgency.
“We are here on a routine visit to
assess the condition of our troops,visit the injured being treated in
hospital and identify with the cause of the battle against insurgency”,Lieutenant General Minimah said.
In his remarks, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosun, said he was satisfied with the situation on ground. “So-far so-good, we are happy with the morale of soldiers in the field. We are also happy about the
impact or blow we have so far inflicted on the insurgents. The soldiers are in high spirits. I am sure our coming will further encourage them” Amosun said.
The Chief of Air Staff said the role of the Nigerian Airforce in the fight
against insurgency was to complement that of the military.