Osinbajo: Military Has Destroyed Boko Haram

Osinbajo: Military Has Destroyed Boko Haram
Yemi Osinbajo

Osinbajo: Military Has Destroyed Boko Haram

Osinbajo: Military Has Destroyed Boko Haram

The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo yesterday declared that the military has destroyed the backbone of Boko Haram terrorists. This is coming as the Archbishop of Abuja Diocese, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, called for the probe of military spending in the North-east.

In his message at the church service, Onaiyekan insisted that military spending in the war against insurgency in the North-east must be investigated “whether they died in combat, ambush or without arms”

“These must be investigated. Those who are responsible for what happened must be investigated no matter how highly placed. The blood of any Nigerian should not be wasted unnecessarily”, he said.

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Yusuf Buratai, has also ordered soldiers to  be decisive and relentless as they continue with clearance operations in Baga, Borno State, which was recently recaptured from insurgents.

Also read:Buratai Under Pressure Over Military Spending

Speaking at an interde-nominational church service for 2019 Armed Forces Remembrance Day held at the National Christian Centre, Abuja, the vice president said the military had destroyed the backbone of Boko Haram terrorists who once attacked Abuja, Kano and Kaduna with impunity.

“Today again we participate in an annual tradition of remembering and honouring our departed military heroes. This particular remembrance day is perhaps more poignant than any other. “In the past few weeks we have buried 13 soldiers and one officer and last week  five air force pilots all these men died in battle fending off Boko Haram and  Islamic State for  West Africa Province terrorists in the North-east.

He noted that “today both Boko Haram and ISWAP  operate as small even if deadly guerilla  bands  in parts of Borno State .

“But in these battles we have been sharply reminded that indeed ‘freedom is not free’. That peace is often paid for with blood and that no nation can secure its territory without the selflessness and the supreme sacrifices of many. And truly as someone said ‘Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it,” he added.

Osinbajo said peace and unity of the country was the best tribute to the nation’s fallen heroes.