THE NATION NEWS:
Badagry born Chief of Air Force, Air Vice Marshal Adesola Amosu, on Thursday said the ongoing military campaign in the Northeast has dealt a huge blow on the Boko Haram militants, insisting that will make it difficult for them to rise again.
Amosu, who spoke to journalists after defending the 2015 budget of the Nigerian Airforce at the Senate in Abuja, also commended Nigerians for the timely intelligence reports on the sect.
He said the efforts of the military were further boosted by the cooperation of Nigeria neigbours, thereby preventing the militants from escaping.
He added that the military has succeeded in cutting off the insurgents’ communication lines and also destroyed their training sessions.
Amosu said: “On the 15th of February, we were in Lagos to harmonize equipment with the ammunition system. It was very clear that we were commencing a major offensive and it was very quick for me to release information that we are going to storm the Northeast, we are going to storm the Sambisa Forest.
“Since 15th, if you notice, there has not been any major offensive from the Boko Haram terrorists.
“It is very clear that by our efforts, we have been able to disrupt their communication lines. Their command and control is substantially damaged. Again, their ability to plan is not there.
“We have also been able to destroy their training stations. So, the issue of regeneration is out of it.
“We are lucky again to have our neighbours who have agreed to work with us. That has given us huge comfort because when they cannot run away to the neighbouring countries we are sure that we are going to contain them here, and it will be easy to take them down.
“So far, we are happy and satisfied with what is going on and I am happy to announce to you that we are getting a lot of cooperation from the citizens. We are getting valuable intelligence from the citizens.
“We just want to encourage them to keep it up because this is our country and we have no other country to go to.
“These are people coming from outside the country to destabilize our country. I want to use this opportunity to acknowledge fully the support of Mr. President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
“For me, this is a personal opinion, he has given more efforts to security than even the politics. So, we are happy with him.”