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.”