BY ANDREW ESSIEN ABUJA
A group within the governing All Progressive Congress (APC) under the umbrella of has praised the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration over the recent gains in the security situation in the country.
The group which hinged its praise on recent surrender of some Boko Haram insurgents Islamic State of West African Province fighters , described it as an indication that the tide has turned against the terrorist groups.
In a statement signed by their coordinators, Ismail Ahmed, Lanre Issa-Onilu, Salihu Moh. Lukman and Tolu Ogunlesi, the which noted that there have been some improvement in the security situation in the country, added that the development is clearly the outcome of the renewed resolve of Nigeria’s security agencies to decisively deal with banditry, terrorism and all forms of criminality across the country.
They further added that Nigerians are greatly encouraged by the reports from the various theatres of operation even as it expressed its satisfaction with the renewed synergy between the Army and the Air Force in the Northeast and Northwest, with the arrival of the Nigerian Navy’s brand new Landing Ship Tank (LST), and the Nigerian Air Force’s first batch of six Super Tucson aircraft.
“We are confident that the sacrifices of our security agents, and the Buhari Administration’s investments in arming and supporting them, will not be in vain, even as it acknowledged that serious challenges still exist, as there is still a long way to go in restoring a robust sense of security in the country.
“But it is also very important to continually acknowledge the victories and successes being recorded by our military and law enforcement agencies, in the various theatres of operation across the country.
“The tide has definitely turned against Boko Haram and ISWAP in the North East, and is turning against the bandits and criminals in the North West. In the South East, relative calm has returned, and efforts are ongoing to fully neutralize the militant networks that have been troubling the region. In the Coastal Areas, the full rollout of the Deep Blue and Falcon Eye surveillance and security projects is certain to deal a strong blow on the activities of pirates and militants in the weeks and months ahead.
“It is important to emphasize that the increased pressure being brought to bear on the insurgents was responsible for the worsening infighting and factionalization that recently resulted in the death of Abubakar Shekau, and is equally responsible for the wave of surrenders being recorded in the region.
“In the most recent press briefing by the Defence Headquarters, it was disclosed that more than a thousand insurgents and their families have surrendered to the military in recent weeks, including two notorious Boko Haram bomb experts. Several bandit camps and hideouts have been bombed and destroyed in the Northwest, Northeast and North Central. Recent military operations have killed more than 150 insurgents, bandits and militants across the country; large caches of weaponry and ammunition have also been seized,” the group stated.