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General News of Thursday, 8 September 2022


Nigeria's war on banditry, terrorism can be over before December - Retired military chief

General Henry Ayoolan (rtd) General Henry Ayoolan (rtd)

A former Commander of the Joint Military Commander of Operation Safe Haven, Maj.-Gen. Henry Ayoola (retd.), has expressed support for the December deadline the Federal Government gave the Nigeria Armed Forces to end insecurity in the country.

He recalled that Interior Minister Rauf Aregbesola announced the deadline in company of Defence Minister, Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi (retd.) and Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed.

Gen. Ayoola said the deadline has the capacity to stimulate officers and men of the Armed Forces towards ensuring the immediate end to the war against terrorism and insurgency in the country.

The former commander said the new found confidence of the Federal Government must be coming from reports of the successes that the service chiefs had recorded and the assurances that the country was on the way to win the war.

Speaking on the “Morning Show” of a popular Lagos-based television programme, Gen. Ayoola said: “It is a good thing coming from the Federal Government, especially with the extra-ordinary collection of ministers who jointly addressed the nation to serve the deadline on the completion on the war against terrorism in Nigeria. It is good to have a deadline given. But hardly had there been anyone who could predict the end of any war; the same reason we have battled with all the changing faces of this war for over 20 years.”

The former war commander noted that the new enthusiasm demonstrated by the Federal Government must have been informed by the assured from war commanders, following their successes in the various theatres of the war.

He said a change in the narrative began to show since the aftermath of the killing of men of the Brigade of Guards when Muhammadu Buhari declared that the service chiefs now have “full freedom” to end insurgency in the country.

Ayoola recalled that since the presidential declaration, the Armed Forces had been recording series of successes from land and air bombardments.

The former war commander said they had also been piling pressures on terrorists, which had started bearing fruits in the large number of terrorists that were either killed or voluntarily surrendered, especially in the Northeast.


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