Army stabilises displaced persons in ancestral homes in Borno

By Ahaziah Suleiman, Abuja

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The Nigerian Army says it is working on how to consolidate on the gains so far made in returning displaced persons to their ancestral homes after decimating the Boko Haram in the North East.

The Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Yusuf Tukur Buratai stated this at a Media Executives parley in Abuja.

Peaceful messages

General Buratai said the Army was focusing more on the stabilisation of communities returning to their homes by de-radicalising them through peaceful messages to counter negative narratives from the insurgents.

He said the Nigerian Army would continue with the stabilisation efforts to ensure food security, good health care and the protection of critical infrastructure in all affected areas in the North East.

General Buratai said the Nigerian Army has designed and started using some campaign slogans that would help develop resilience and unity amongst liberated communities.

Support of the media

The Chief of Army Staff therefore solicited for the support of the media towards achieving and sustaining the gains so far made.

He said critical stake holders particularly religious and community leaders in the area should always preach and promote peaceful and harmonious relationship amongst the people.

“The Nigerian Army is making scarifies for the unity and development of the country; people should support us to succeed in what we are doing,” he said.

General Buratai appreciated the role being played by some UN Agencies in settling the displaced persons in the region and called for more support.

On the newly established Army University in Biu, Borno State, General Buratai said academic activities in the institution will commence before the end of the year and that it will not be a pure military institution.

 

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