Former Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (rtd), has hailed President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian military forces over the weekend capture of Sambisa Forest, the last stronghold of the dreaded Islamic Boko Haram terrorist group in the North East region of the country.
Babangida who reacted to the news of the Boko Haram overthrow said he was extremely glad that peace would at long last return to the North East.
In a statement by his media office, Banangida said “it is a sign of relief that the Military has finally smoked out Boko Haram terrorists from their notorious enclave of Sambisa Forest”.
General Babangida also saluted the courage and determination of President Muhammadu Buhari, Army chiefs as well as armed men and women and other security personnel for their sacrifice for the painful liberation
“May I rejoice with the government and Nigerians on the successful dislodging of Boko Haram from their base in Sambisa.
“With the successful takeover of the sambisa forest, General Babangida hoped that very soon, the remaining Chibok girls will be located and reunite with their families”, he said.
He further paid tributes to all fallen heroes for paying the supreme sacrifice in their efforts of keeping the nation from aggression.
Babangida however urged the military to unveil a new strategy of further defeating pockets of insurgents/terrorists, armed bandits and cattle rustlers all over the country.
Similarly, his state governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has described the capture of CAMP ZERO, Sambisa Forest which was the last stronghold of Boko Haram, as a global achievement made possible by the political will of President Muhammadu Buhari and the commitment of the Armed Forces and other security agencies.
Governor Sani Bello said the destruction of Sambisa Forest is a clear and strong message to all criminal elements in the country of the capacity, willingness of the Armed Forces and other security agencies as well as the political will of Mr President in securing every inch of Nigeria.
In a congratulatory message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Malam Jibrin Baba Ndace, Governor Sani Bello commended the Armed Forces, particularly the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Airforce for their determination, commitment and bravery.
“I commend the effort of the Army, Airforce and all the security agencies involved in the operation that led to final liberation of the dreaded Sambisa Forest. Above all, I commend President Muhammadu Buhari for his political will in seeing to the end of Boko Haram”, he added.
The governor called on security agencies to work together in ensuring that all ‘CAMP ZEROs’ are cleared in Nigeria.
“CAMP ZERO in Sambisa Forest is a metaphorical representation of other enclaves of criminal elements in the country such as armed robbers, kidnappers, cattle rustlers among others. I urge security agencies to work together in identifying and destroying such strongholds”, he noted.