Obanikoro Upbeat Military Could Overwhelm Insurgents





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The Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, on Monday in Abuja, expressed confidence in the ability of the Nigerian military to win the war against Boko Haram.

Obanikoro  gave the assurance when a delegation from the Royal College of Defence Studies, Britain, paid him a courtesy visit.

He said “I can beat my chest anywhere in the world to say we have some of the finest military men and women in uniform.

“So, with that kind of satisfaction, I am not worried about our capacity to prosecute this war.

“In a crisis situation, all these western media that are writing negative things about us always queue behind their own governments.

“So, our own media should take a queue from that, this is not a Jonathan’s war, this is not a Federal Government war, it is a Nigerian war, all of us must stand up to be players and be counted.’’

The minister said that whenever there was crisis such as the insurgency going on in Nigeria, all manners of things would be aired by foreign media.

He added that the foreign media were writing false reports about the Nigerian military, adding that the government should not lose focus in its fight against terrorism.

Obanikoro, who condemned the killings by Boko haram members, said the act showed how callous the group was, stressing that “the war is not about anyone, but about all of us in Nigeria.’’

The defence minister then commended the delegation for the visit, saying it was an indication that people had confidence in the government.

He also commended the British and the U.S. governments for assisting Nigeria to resolve the current security challenge facing the country.

Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Maj-Gen. Porter Simon, had told the minister that the team was in the country to visit some military formations as part of their study tour.

He said the team was made up of  16  officers drawn from nine different countries around the world.

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