Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Army Chief, Tukur Buratai, Says The Era Of Boko Haram Has Ended, It Time To Celebrate

Updated 6 October, 2016
-For years, the Boko Haram terrorist group had given Nigerians reasons to be scared following their attacks and killings.

– The Nigerian Army however says there is no longer cause for alarm as the sect has been decimated by various troops deployed to fight the insurgents. 

Nigeria’s Army chief, Tukur Buratai, says the era of Boko Haram has ended adding that what is left of the terrorist organisation is a group of those who are already failing and just want relevance.

Buratai, a Lt General and current chief of Army staff, said this on Wednesday, October 5, 2016, adding that it was time for the military to celebrate the feat it recorded in downing the insurgents. 

According to him, the Nigerian Army is organising the 2016 ‘Nigerian Army Sports Festival’ in Abuja next week to show to the nation that Boko Haram has been successfully defeated. The festival had not been held for about eight years. 

“We have more than degraded the Boko Haram. I want to say this is the beginning of the celebration of the victory of the Armed Forces especially the Nigerian army on the defeat of the Boko Haram. 

“We have started the process of celebrating our victory over the Boko Haram,” he said, adding that 1760 athletes of the Nigerian Army from various divisions would compete in 19 events including traditional military sports like Combat Relay, Obstacle sports, Tug of war, boxing, cross country and others. 

He further said the Army would introduce swimming and other riverine sports in the southern part of the country because of the peculiarity of the region. 

For the 7 and 8 divisions, he added: “Since the creation of 7 division, it was created within the conflict period, they have been in the theatre of operation; have not been in peace time period to exercise for the event. 

It would also be a distraction to pull them out. “For 8 division, it is about three or four months old. It has been deeply involved in the operation. 

“We want to give them time to really concentrate in the fight against Boko Haram in the North East. Give them time to completely dominate the area. “Yes we are fighting but it will not prevent us from carrying out other professional engagement that would even make us to fight better; and to develop physical capacity to fight better. 

“Like I said, this is the beginning of the celebration of the Armed Forces, particularly the Army on the engagement with Boko Haram. We have started celebrating the defeat of the Boko Haram. “We last held a sporting festival of such nature in 2009 and now we are reviving it. 

“Just like football where we have qualified for the nationwide league, we are reviving boxing, cross country, long distance and marathon.   He promised that certain including promotion, special recommendation among others would be given to anyone who won gold or beat previously set record. 

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