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Thursday, 5 November 2015

Boko Haram: December deadline is achievable, not sacrosanct – NAF

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The Air Officer Commanding, Tactical Air Command (AOC TAC) of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Vice Marshal Rufus Ojuawo, has assured Nigerians that the December deadline given by President Muhammadu Buhari to the military to root out Boko Haram insurgency is achievable.
Fielding questions from reporters in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, yesterday during his two-day official visit, where he was received by the Commander, NAF Base, Ibadan, Air Commodore Emmanuel Akinbayo, he said the rate of bombing in the North East has been going down in the past two weeks, saying: “that shows that we are winning. By God’s grace, December deadline is achievable.”
Akinbayo paid a courtesy call on the state Governor’s Office in Ibadan, where he was received by the deputy governor of the state, Otunba Moses Adeyemo, and top government officials. Adeyemo, who noted that development would elude any place where there is no peace, lauded the security agencies for the good job they have been doing in the North East against insurgency, urging them to nip the menace in the bud.
Air Vice Marshal Ojuawo said: “The Tactical Air Command (TAC) is the teeth arm of the Air Force. We are the one that can bite. Mr. President, through the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has given us, not only the mandate, he also provided the equipment and welfare support for us to be able to achieve our objective in TAC.
“In the North East, we are fully involved, and we are doing all that is needed to be done to curtail the insurgency spread. Before now, the issue of Boko Haram is beginning to wind down. We are winning and the nation is winning. The nation will always be better because Mr. President, with his purposeful leadership, and the Chief of Air Staff providing all the necessary welfare and moral support for the solders. We are doing our best.
Ojuawo, on the other hand, also stated on the deadline given by President Buhari: “December is a deadline given; we might be able to meet it before then. But it is not sacrosanct. Insurgency is not a war you win and win finally. There is not going to be a place, where you’re going to sit down and sign an agreement with insurgents that you have won the war.”
He assured Nigerians that the ability of the insurgents to move freely and affect the social life of the people would be curtailed to the barest minimum before the deadline, noting that “In an insurgency, there are no two sides to the war. What they are doing is terrorism. They are affecting the social life of our people. They are not people who could stand and fight.
“They create terror in people and make a session of the state ungovernable for the government. We have been able to take care of that now. Very soon, social life and authority will be returned to the North East.”

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