ICC Note: Military officials in Nigeria say Boko Haram is close to its end. Forces have launched an operation to clear the Sambisa Forest, an area long thought to be the militant Islamists’ final hideout. Boko Haram continues to wage a brutal insurgency in northeast Nigeria and maintains a history of particularly targeting Christians for their faith. The terror group has ravaged communities with murder, church destruction, targeting pastors, kidnapping girls and women and ushering them into horrors such as forced conversion, forced marriage, and sexual slavery. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari hastily declared Boko Haram “technically defeated” in late December 2015, a claim that has shown itself continuously untrue as the militants still terrorize the region with abductions and suicide bombings.
5/3/16 Nigeria (AllAfrica) – The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin, said yesterday that the military will wipe out the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists from Nigeria in a short while.
Olonisakin stated this while speaking with newsmen during a visit to Maiduguri, Borno State.
Olonisakin said that his visit was aimed at getting first hand information on the anti-terrorism war.
“I want Nigerians to know that we are determined to wipe out the terrorists from our land.
“And from the Sambisa axis, we are really committed to ensure that we clear them as soon as possible,” he said.
” I am here for a routine visit with the Service Chiefs. I have come to appraise the level of performance in the operation and see how we can actually address some issues on the operation.