Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai, has ordered troops fighting insurgency in the northeast to finish off the task by the end of December.
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Buratai gave the order in a message to troops where he said attempts to allow the war against the insurgency drag further into 2017 will deepen the violence in the region.
The message reads in part: “Either we succeed in clearing the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists or we continue to live in perpetual circle of their atrocities in the northeast…I am sending to you all, the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, best wishes as the Yuletide period approaches.
“I wish to make this call to action and wake up call to you all and to emphasize that we must immediately begin to embark on the final aggressive action and comprehensive sweep of the operational theatre with a view to ending the operation on a very high note.”