The Nigerian Army has officially flagged off Operation LAST HOLD in Monguno, Borno State to mark the commencement of the operation.
Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai who was represented by the Chief of Training and Operations (Army) Major General David Ahmadu also commissioned the office complex of the Headquarters Operation LAST HOLD at the Kinasara Barracks Monguno.
Major General Ahmadu proceeded to Gudunbali in company of the Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole Major General Rogers Nicholas, where they physically conducted the symbolic traditional house sweeping and farm clearing as part of the Civil – Military aspect of Operation LAST HOLD and to practically demonstrate the humanitarian posture of the operation.
Speaking during the event, Major General Ahmadu stated that, the farm clearing symbolises the readiness to commence the farming season and enjoined the returning Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to resume their farming occupation as they settle down in their communities.
The Theatre Commander however described the move of the IDPs as the first step towards returning them to their communities.
He appealed to all Humanitarian Agencies in the North East to support the program to assist the Internally Displaced Persons, restore their occupations and pick up their lives again.
He also assured all of adequate security of the lives and properties for the returnee as they settle down.