By Elohor Igbru with Agency report
Terrorism of any form including kidnapping and banditry will soon be a thing of the past because the Nigerian military has reviewed its counter terrorism operations, the Minister of Defense, Bashir Magashi has assured.
It will not be the first assurance of the minister or of the Muhammadu Buhari administration of imminent defeat of the terrorism in the country. However, with every promise, Nigerians are witnessing more havoc, death and destruction from the terrorists.
Magashi said terrorism will not be easy to defeat as it is enduring but the military has renewed its strength and will soon announce victory against the terror groups operating in the country.
The minister who spoke on Saturday at an event organised by the International Institute of Professional Security (IIPS) in Abuja was represented by the chief of defence training and operations, Adeyemi Yekini.
“In the armed forces, we have increased our strength as much as possible, reviewed our training tactics and procedures and reviewed our order of battle,’’ NAN quoted him as saying.
“Terrorism as we all know is always enduring; ending it may not be as quick as one may expect. I can assure you, however, that we are on top of the situation and in the shortest possible time, all these challenges will become a thing of the past.”
The minister said the recent arrest of the terrorists responsible for the June 5 attack on St. Francis Catholic Church in Ondo state, demonstrates that the military offensive is yielding result.
He believes that the improved cooperation between the military and other security agencies has helped to flush out criminals from their hideouts.
Giving statistics, the Minister revealed that more than 70,000 terrorists and their families have surrendered to troops in the north-east while thousands of displaced persons have returned to their homes.
He added that the military will synergise with other securities agencies to free the south-east, south-south and south-west of all forms of criminality.