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Published On: Tue, Aug 26th, 2014

Boko Haram: TIEMS Nigeria/W Africa urges FG to go all out now

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By Yakubu Yaki

The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS) Nigeria/West Africa chapter, has asked the Federal Government to direct its military to go all out in the fight against Boko Haram and other insurgent groups and restore peace and tranquility to the country immediately.

Chairman of the chapter, Air Vice-Marshall Muhammad Audu-Bida (rtd) said this in Abuja yesterday, while disclosing the outcome of a pancake meeting of the Executive Board of the society, which held on Monday.

Audu-Bida noted that as at March this year, close to 4 million Nigerians were displaced while over 100,000 were recorded as sheltering in refugee camps in Niger, Chad and Cameroun.

“As a former military general myself, I am aware that our military is capable to quelling this insurgency, because they have the training, courage and equipment to accomplish the task of securing the country’s territory but they should be allowed by political authorities to carry out their duties unfettered by political, ethnic or religious coloration and or sentiments.”

“For the good of millions of Nigerians, the military should take decisive action now to stop further displacement of Nigerians, destruction of farmlands, lives and property as well as occupying our territory, a situation which has become very embarrassing to Nigerians, government and the armed forces.”

While sympathising with parents and relatives of the abducted Chibok secondary school girls and other abducted Nigerians, the TIEMS Chairman said “reportedly, parents of the girls have patriotically called on the Federal Government not to allow Boko Haram insurgents to use the girls as human shields to continue to wreak havoc on the country”, he further stated.

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