The Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj. Gen. Lucky Irabor, has again reaffirmed the commitment of the Nigerian Army to end the Boko Haram insurgency in the country.
He said this because of the proposed swap deal involving the school girls who were abducted in Chibok two (2) years ago with some captured Boko Haram terrorists held in prisons around the country.
According to the Army, who spoke through Gen. Irabor, the swap deal is not a sign of failure. He noted that if President Muhammadu Buhari decides that exchanging Chibok Girls for captured Boko Haram terrorists is the best option, it should not be interpreted as a sign of failure.
Irabor noted that Buhari should be commended for his wisdom to agree to negotiate for the release of the girls.
He said this yesterday at the 23rd Armoured Brigade Jalo Cantonment in Yola, after receiving operational briefing from the Brigade Commander 23rd Armoured Brigade, Brig. Gen. Benson Akinroluyo.
“The operative objective of the military in its counter-insurgency operations derives from the President’s statement that the war against insurgency would not be said to have been won without the rescue of the Chibok girls.
“If in the wisdom of the Commander-in-Chief, he believes that the swap for the release of the Chibok girls is what is best, that doesn’t mean failure. How does it amount to failure?”
“There are other countries where this had been done and so we don’t need to go into any contention with that. Don’t forget that these people that we are talking about are Nigerians. Mr. President is Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. He’s the President of every Nigerian, both good and bad. Thus, it is not good to say that the military has failed if there’s a swap.”
“Regarding Shekau; we have had a series of Shekaus that had been killed. And I can confirm to you that the original Shekau was actually killed, the second Shekau was also killed. That, I can also confirm to you.
“The man that now presents himself as Shekau, I can also confirm to you, was wounded a few weeks back. I am yet to confirm whether he is dead or not.”