A joint military operation involving the armed forces of Nigeria and those of the Republic of Cameroon is currently going on in the North-East, the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali ,has said.
Dan-Ali made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen after the Juma’at service at the National Mosque, Abuja, to mark the 2018 Armed Forces Day.
He said that the joint operation was aimed at flushing out remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists.
“ In the North-East, I can say we have made great success. As I am talking to you, there is an operation going on between Nigeria and Cameroon,’’ the minister said.
He called on other neighbouring countries to collaborate with Nigeria in routing the insurgents.
The minister pledged the readiness of the military to continue to defend the territorial boundary of the country and in addressing internal security challenges.
Also, the Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, said that government had put in place structures to address internal security challenges and was “re-enforcing those structures.’’
Earlier in a sermon, the Deputy Chief Imam of the National Mosque, Dr Mohammed Kabir, called for continued prayers and support for the military.
Kabir noted that the military had made sacrifices to defend the nation.
He also said that while Jan. 15 was observed annually to remember the fallen heroes, serving members of the armed forces should be supported to ensure the security, peace and unity of the nation.
“They sacrifice their lives for this nation, it is our duty to show kindness to their families, it is our duty to support them; it is our duty to make sure that they live normal lives,’’ he said.