The Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade, has said that the Nigerian Army is assiduously working to re-capture Gworza, which the Boko Haram sect has designated as a caliphate.
Olukolade said the Army will not concede any portion of Nigeria to a terrorist group and as such the required operation to reverse that is ongoing. He assured that the Army will re-assert in a short while the sovereignty of any part of the country that has been violated by irresponsible elements.
“We are working to ensure that not just Gworza as a town, its surroundings and other portions that terrorists seem to be moving around is secured”.
On the loan sought by the Presidency to combat terrorism, the Army Spokesman said the fund will significantly ensure the upgrade of equipment to meet the challenges of the moment. He added that military equipment requires regular upgrading.
He said the military have already received upgraded weapons but stressed the need for the soldiers to “upgrade their response”.
He further noted that the help received from allies “is improving” at the moment, but added that “most importantly is the understanding we enjoy both from our allies in the neighbourhood as well as those who have come from other countries to assist us.
“In many instances we exchange ideas, we are exchanging intelligence and much of the cooperation we continue to get and we believe it will keep improving until our situation for as far as our situation is understood”, he said.
He further opined that the cooperation by the Multi National Joint Task Force (MTNJTF) has been enhanced by the Security Summit convened by French President, Nicholas Sarkozy.
Olukolade stressed that the partnership to fight insurgency within the “neighbourhood” has been in place before the Summit, adding that “the patrol allows us to exchange ideas and various elements of containing terrorism in the neighbourhood.
“There has been improvement in various elements of patrol, in terms of equipping, even from the part of Nigeria, to enhance the capability of our men to join in the patrol to contain the various movement of terrorists particularly in the Chad Basin area; we have captured a lot of these terrorists recently” insisting that “there operations has largely been contained in that area.”