Nigerian troops have flushed out Boko Haram forces from the dreaded Sambisa Forest.
This is proof that the Nigerian Military has dealt a crushing blow on the seven-year-old insurgency.
President Buhari broke the news himself in a special message to Nigerian troops fighting under Operation Lafiya Dole,
“I am delighted at, and most proud of the gallant troops of the Nigerian Army.
“I have received the long-awaited and most gratifying news of the final crushing of Boko Haram terrorists in their last enclave in Sambisa Forest.
“I want to use this opportunity to commend the determination, courage, and resilience of troops of Operation Lafiya Dole.
“They entered and crushed the remnants of the Boko Haram insurgents at ‘Camp Zero’, located deep in Sambisa Forest.
“I was told by the Chief of Army Staff that the Camp fell at about 1:35 pm on Friday, December 23.
“The terrorists are on the run, and no longer have a place to hide.
“I urge you to maintain the tempo by pursuing them and bringing them to justice.
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“I, therefore, call on all Nigerians to cooperate and support the Nigerian Armed Forces.
“Also, support other security agencies by providing useful information that will expose all the terrorists.
“Further efforts should be intensified to locate and free our remaining Chibok girls still in captivity.
“May God be with them.
“I also want to commend the able leadership of the Nigerian Army in particular for making this possible.
“This, no doubt, will go a long way in improving the security situation not only in the North East but the country in general.
“But we must not let our guards down.
“Once more, congratulations to our troops and all who, in one way or the other, contributed to this most commendable effort.
“May the Almighty continue to be with you.
“I wish you a Merry Christmas and a most rewarding and peaceful Year 2017 ahead.”