We'll Crush You Unless You Dialogue, Minimah Tells Boko Haram
SAN FRANCISCO, March 19, (THEWILL) - A strong warning has been sent to the Boko Haram insurgents currently on rampage in the Northeastern part of the country.
They have been told to come over to the dialogue table or be crushed.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen.
Kenneth Minimah, handed down the stern warning to the insurgents on Wednesday, saying they should come over to the round table with the Federal Government now or get crushed by the military might of the nation.
Minimah made the declaration when he paid a surprise visit to troubled Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, saying the military was ready for the insurgents , stressing the Federal Government was ready to bring the military might to box the insurgency into surrender.
To the Insurgents, the dialogue table is still open, else the national power is available to the armed forces to crush the insurgency," he said.
Minimah was accompanied on the visit to Maiduguri by the Chief of Air Staff Air Vice Marshal Adesola Amosu.
He said the visit was aimed at assessing the condition of troops on the ground as well as boost their morale in the fight against insurgency.
We are here on routine visit to assess the condition of our troops, to visit the injured and the wounded in the hospital, and to identify with the cause of battle," he said.
He however urged Nigerians to keep faith in Nigerian nation and the capability of the military to bring an end to the current insurgency.
On his part, the Chief of Air Staff , Amosu, said he was satisfied with the situation on ground.
So far so good we are so happy with the morale of soldiers on the field.
We are also happy about the impact we have already inflicted on the enemy that is the insurgents.
The soldiers are in high spirit, I am sure our coming today has further lifted them up.
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He noted that the role of the Nigerian Air Force in the battle against the insurgency was to compliment the military .
The role of air power is not to destroy but to convince the enemy of the second option available," he added.
"Essentially we are just here to harass the enemy and to convince them that they need to come either to the table or drop their guns.