Nigerian Army troops and Landcruiser gun trucks
Feb 24, 2015
Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima has yesterday said that
90 per cent of the ongoing battle to reclaim seized territories under the Boko Haram terrorists is being carried out by the Nigerian armed forces and not by the foreign troops as “wrongly” perceived by the media.
Shettima insisted that soldiers of Chad, Cameroon and Niger Republics cannot claim undue credits for the current successes being recorded over Boko Haram because the Nigerian forces are playing larger role in the
“We appreciate their efforts and
support for the government of Nigeria, but it should be known that the bulk of the job of cleansing our society of these Boko Haram lunatics is being done by officers and men of the Nigerian armed forces who are
ably supported by the Nigerian Air
force”, Shettima said.
“I don’t want to dwell so much on the inner workings of the ongoing counterinsurgency operations which I have access to; but by and large we
appreciate the efforts of the Chadian, of the Cameroonian and Nigerien troops; but I can say that 90 percent of the job is being done by our people – our own soldiers”.
Shettima who made this remark
during a courtesy call at the Government House Maiduguri, by the new Commander of the 79 Composite Group, Nigerian Air Force, Maiduguri , Air Comodore Christopher Eyi Egbuoba, said all that the troops of the three neighbouring African countries had been able to do was not
more that 10 percent of the job
needed to be done.
“Some of them especially the Cameroonian had assisted us by
sealing off the borders.