President Muhammadu Buhari is massively winning the 7-year battle against the Boko Haram insurgents that has caused the death of over 20,000 Nigerians and displaced over 2 million others who are have sought refuge in Internally Displaced People’s camps across the country.
A testament to the victory is contained in a recent military report by the Director of Defence Information, Brig.-Gen. Rabe Abubakar who has announced the surrender of over 700 repentant Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East.
Abubakar said this when he paid a courtesy call on the Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mr Bayo Onanuga, in Abuja on Thursday. According to him, a camp will be opened where the repentant insurgents will be kept “before the government decides on what to do with them’’.
In his words:
“We have come to understand that the military cannot do it all alone.
“It must enter into collaborative efforts and synergy in certain operations with the media, which we believe will go a long way to not just project our activities or operations, but at the same time play a role which nobody can do apart from you.
“Mobilising the citizens, informing them about what is happening and equally sensitising them. The media has a very important role in mitigating the crisis that is befalling our nation.
“We have many of the Boko Haram members, who surrendered as a result of our operations in Sambisa.
“We have over 700 now and very soon we will open the camp in the North-East where we will be keeping them before the government decides on what to do with them.”