The Nigerian Army has again called on the Boko Haram insurgents to surrender their arms and accept the olive branch being offered by the Federal or pay the price for their obstinacy.
Major General Lucky Irabor, who is the Theater Commander of the counter-insurgency operations codenamed “Operation Lafiya Dole”, made this call on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at a foundation laying ceremony of Nigerian Army Wives Association, NAOWA, Day Care and Nursery School at Maimalari Barracks in Maiduguri, Borno State.
“I will like to use this opportunity to encourage those of them who have made up their minds to surrender, that now is the time for them to do so, because the olive branch is being offered to them and there may not be another opportunity. But where they failed to take the olive branch, they will pay the price for stubbornness,” he said.
Irabor reassured Nigerians that the military was determined to uproot the terrorists from the entire Northeast area of the country.
The Army General also commended the NAOWA leadership for initiating the project, describing it as laudable.
NAOWA members also visited injured officers in both the Maimalari Barracks as well as the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Medical Centre at the 79 Composite Group in Maiduguri.
NAOWA President and wife of the Chief of Army Staff, Hajiya Umma-kaltum Buratai, said the gesture was to express their solidarity, gratitude and moral support to the gallant troops of Nigerian Army that have risked their lives to restore peace and security to Borno state.