We'll meet December deadline to defeat Boko Haram— CDS


Major General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, Nigeria's Chief of Defence Staff

Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt

Major General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, Nigeria's Chief of Defence Staff
Major General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff

Despite pockets of suicide bombings by Boko Haram insurgents, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, has assured Nigerians that the Nigerian Military has adopted a result oriented strategy to deal a bloody nose to Boko Haram in the country.

General Olonisakin gave this assurance Wednesday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, while on a tour of military formations to assess the combat readiness of the operational facilities and to end insurgency.

He said: “The essence of our visit to Port Harcourt is to look at the operational readiness and preparedness of the troops and to see how we can enhance their performances”.

He condoled with the families of victims of the recent bomb blast in Damaturu, Yobe State, adding that the armed forces had mapped out tactics to checkmate the terrorists’ operations.

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“I must say that we sympathise with the families of those that have lost their loved ones in that incident. And the military is on top of it to ensure that we will checkmate such occurrences.”

General Olonisakin, who was accompanied by the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar and other security chiefs, said the military had been working hard to ensure that the December deadline set by President Muhammadu Buhari to eradicate terrorism was achieved.

“We are working on the December deadline by Mr President. We are re-addressing our strategies to ensure we comply with the order,” he said.

The CDS and his entourage assessed some war planes at the 97 Special Operations Group of the Nigerian Air Force, Port Harcourt, as well as the officers and men of the Nigerian Army, Air Force and Navy during the joint military parade at the Air Force Base.

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