Buratai orders soldiers to go into the forest and smoke out Shekau

The Chief of Army staff, Gen Tukur Buratai on Tuesday urged soldiers engaged in the fight with the Boko Haram terror group to move into the bushes and forests in the north east and smoke out the remnants of the insurgents who are still causing mayhem in the region.

Burutai made the charge at a ceremony in Bama, North East Nigeria to decorate two officers and 83 soldiers who excelled in the fight against the terror group in the Lake Chad basin.

He said, “You must take this fight to their hideouts. You must go further, that should be the next stage.”

“I won’t accept a situation where our troops are being unnecessarily killed or innocent civilians are ambushed on the highways or in some other areas.

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“The remnants (of terrorists) that are roaming in the bushes and forest must be followed through. They must be identified and cleared. Don’t rest on your oars. We still have little to accomplish. You have done the greater part.

“We are moving to the end of this operation, but there are still more tasks to be accomplished. It requires perseverance and discipline, so, let us work harder and clear these criminals.

The Chief of Army staff who last month gave his soldiers 40 days to capture the leader of the terror group dead or alive,  urged the troops to replicate the feat achieved by the awardees and assured them of their welfare.

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He congratulated the recipients of the award and reminded soldiers fighting the terrorists that they were rendering national service to keep Nigeria united.