The Defense spokesperson has a problem with people in “air condition in Lagos”

The Nigerian military has said it deserved some commendation even though it has been unable to rescue the abducted Chibok girls.

Defense spokesperson, Brigadier-General Rabe Abubakar, said this on Saturday during a chat with Premium Times.

Abubakar said abduction and attacks by terrorist group, Boko Haram has reduced by 99 percent.

“Boko Haram abduction has reduced by 99 percent, except in very remote villages where they harass citizens while looking for food,” he said. “Every day we rescue human beings. There’s no day we don’t kill terrorists. We launched operation crackdown on Sambisa. On Thursday, we rescued over 300 human beings.

“From day one we moved to Maiduguri to establish command and control centre there, we have been rescuing human beings on daily basis. Many things have been done. We are giving our best commitment.

“Troops should he supported and encouraged, not otherwise because of these (Chibok) girls still in captivity.”

“The operation is still going on. Our soldiers are there and we are on daily basis rescuing human beings. On daily basis we destroy IEDS they planted on the road, on daily basis we kill terrorists.”

He expressed anger over how some people somewhere in Abuja or Lagos “in air condition, are talking as if they were not part and parcel of this country.”

Abubakar said the military has ensured that the Chibok girls are not put in danger by being cautious and also said the size of the Sambisa forest is an impediment in the fight against Boko Haram.

“We must take necessary caution. We must be very careful so as not to jeopardise the lives of these girls. We are doing what we are doing with maximum caution. We don’t want to put their lives in jeopardy, but some people ignore all these things. How many years did it take US to get Osama Laden, just one person, with all their resources?

“Sambisa is 67,000 sq kilometre. Even if you deploy one million troops there, it’s not enough.”

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