•Says we’ll rescue the abducted girls
National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki (retd), on Tuesday, gave assurance that the Federal Government was making every effort to ensure that over 200 girls from Chibok Secondary School in Borno State, who were abducted by Boko Haram terrorists, are rescued.
The NSA, who spoke on the first anniversary of the abduction of the Chibok girls, also, promised that Sambisa Forest, the fortress of Boko Haram terrorists and one of their last remaining camps, would be stormed and liberated before the May 29 presidential handover date.
According to him, “right now, all Boko Haram camps, except Sambisa Forest have been destroyed,” stressing that the forest would have since been liberated, but for the unfavourable weather condition prevailing in the area, adding that all needed reconnaissance activity and necessary deployment of troops had been made for the operation.
He said “every movement of the terrorists is being monitored and every necessary detail is being taken care of to rid the country of the last bastion of terrorists’ infestation.”
To this end, he said government was concerned about the welfare of every single Nigerian, including the girls, noting that “aside the Chibok girls, other Nigerian girls, boys, men and women were abducted by the terrorists and all efforts are being made to rescue them all.”
The NSA also added that before elections were postponed in February, over 20 local governments were occupied by Boko Haram and most Nigerians were pleasantly surprised that so much was achieved against insurgency within six weeks.
On the outcome of the elections, he commended President Goodluck Jonathan on the successful conduct of the 2015 elections and for conceding defeat, saying nobody pressured the president into conceding defeat in the election.
According to him, “President Jonathan had already given his words to all the security and service chiefs before the election that he would abide by the decision of Nigerians. At the meeting, he also told them to perform their duties professionally during the polls.
“While we anticipated that he would congratulate his opponent if the result is announced in favour of opposition candidate, he gratuitously, without prompting of anyone, conceded defeat to the surprise of all.
“By that singular gesture, he had saved the security agencies and the nation unnecessary tension and stress in maintaining law, order and curtailing excesses of likely protesters,” he stated.
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