Boko Haram conflict will soon be over, says Defence Minister Mohammed

Dr BELLO H. MOHAMMED Hon Minister for Defence

On 27 July, the Minister for Defence, Dr. Haliru Mohammed Bello, declared that the Boko Haram insurgency in Borno State will soon be over.

Speaking to newsmen while visiting the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna, the Minister said the Federal Government was deeply concerned over the numerous attacks by the militant Islamist group.

He said the Federal Government was handling the issue with utmost seriousness, and that very soon the armed attacks by the group would become a thing of the past.

The minister drew parallels between the security situation in Borno State, and some other security challenges which the government had managed, elsewhere in the country. He said that just as the government had succeeded in restoring some measure of calm and security in the Niger Delta and Plateau State, the result of its efforts in Borno State would be no different.

Mohammed said : “The internal security operation in the Niger Delta has resulted in relative peace in that area. The internal security operation in Plateau State has brought peace and quiet in that state. I assure you we are handling the issue of Boko Haram in Maiduguri and, very soon, it will be a thing of the past”.

Earlier on, while welcoming the minister to the Academy, the NDA Commandant, Maj Gen Chukwuemeka Onwuamaegbu, had presented him with a sobering list of facilities and resources that were lacking at the institution. These included modern equipment for the training of cadets, staff and hostel accommodation, vehicles to aid the movement of personnel and tools, and laboratories of international standard.

Responding, the minister assured the Commandant that the 2012 budget will provide resources for addressing the deficiencies.

The NDA is Nigeria’s only military university. Established in January 1964 as a reformation of the British-run Royal Military Forces Training College (RMFTC), the institution offers both professional military training and full degree courses to cadet officers of the Nigerian Army, Navy and Air Force.

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Posted on July 29, 2011, in EXECUTIVE POLICY AND ACTION, MAJOR CRIME, MILITARY SERVICES, NORTHERN VIOLENCE and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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