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Army speaks on neighbouring countries aiding terrorists

THE General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division of the Army, Brig.-Gen Bulama Biu, has refuted claims that countries that share borders with the north-eastern states aid Boko Haram and Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP).

Biu spoke during a side interview at the Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL) at the Ikeja Cantonment, Lagos.

The GOC, who was among outstanding officers and soldiers honoured by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Yusuf Buratai, at the star-studded event, said the Defence Forces of Cameroon and Chadian military had been collaborating with Nigerian troops to defeat the insurgents.

He said: “That allegation is not true. We work together. Yes, there is need for improvement, but that doesn’t mean they are supporting terrorists. In fact, we had a joint operation two days ago (Thursday) around the Cameroon border.

“We encountered the terrorists and jointly with Cameroonian Defence Forces, we cleared them. Remember that we also have Multinational Joint Taskforce (MNJTF) with troops of all these countries ad members.”

Biu said there is need for all hands to be on deck to end terrorism in the country.

The GOC acknowledged that the people were beginning to have faith in the military and security agencies.

“All that is going on in 7 Division is to ensure that the Operation Lafiya Dole continues to work towards a very speedy resolution of the war against terrorism that we have been undertaking. This we do with focus and strategies. For example, you must have heard of Operation Halaka Dodo.

“Our focus is to stop the remaining marauding Boko Haram elements from attacking soft targets. The group has been substantially degraded, but a few of the terrorists go about to make themselves relevant by targeting vulnerable places.”

Dele Fashomi
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93.Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism.He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002.Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013).He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers.He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor.Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.