Sunday, December 29, 2019 11:57 pm
Emir of Gwoza, Alhaji Mohammed Timta, on Sunday called for urgent action against the remnant of Boko Haram terrorists who he said were hiding on the Mandara mountain.
Timta spoke Sunday when the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, led top army officers to visit him in his palace said while it is true that the insurgents have been defeated and decimated, but the remnants are on the mountains because there are caves there.
He, however, noted that the commitment of the troops in the area had changed the narratives that Gwoza is the headquarters of Boko Haram.
The Emir therefore commended the Nigerian Army for defeating Boko Haram terrorists in Gwoza and liberating the area from the hold of the terrorists.
He noted that the actions of Nigerian army motivated him to return to his domain and stay with his people.
He disclosed that the people of his domain had enjoyed good relationship with the army, adding that such cordial relationship had boosted their confidence.
The traditional ruler stated that the issue of Boko Haram could not be addressed by the military alone, adding that the local hunters were ready to support the military to identity the hideouts of the terrorists on the mountains.
He called for the establishing of an army school in Gwoza, saying the relationship with the army had made a number of his subjects want to join the military.
Buratai said his visit was to condole the Emir over the lost of his father and predecessor, adding that it was a loss to the good people of gwoza, Borno state and Nigeria.
Buratai also disclosed that he was in Gwoza to host the Nigerian Army Medal Parade to honour officers and soldiers who had participated in Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD).
He explained that the army decided to bring the event to Gwoza to reaffirm that the federal government was in control of all territories in the country.
According to him, the misadventures of the Boko Haram terrorist and an attempt to declare Gwoza its headquarters is now history as they had been flushed out and peace returned to the town.
“Apart from the medal parade we will use this opportunity to turn off the year 2019 and usher in the year 2020.
“It involves our traditional cultural activities which we all know as the Nigerian army social activities popularly know as West African Social Activities (WASA),” he said.
Buratai pledged that the theatre command of OPLD would take action to clear the mountains of the terrorists as soon as possible, adding that the army was committed to clear the remnant of the terrorists in the north east.