Buhari Declares Final Victory Over Boko Haram, Says Sambisa Forest Reclaimed

Buhari Declares Final Victory Over Boko Haram, Says Sambisa Forest Reclaimed

By Abdul Jummai | Politics Reporter on December 24, 2016
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President Muhammadu Buhari (l) decorating the chief of Army staff, Major General Tukur Buratai with his new rank of Lieutenant General in the Presidential Villa, Aso Rock on Thursday, August 13, 2015 | NAN

President Muhammadu Buhari has saluted the gallant troops of the Nigerian Army for their historic final crushing of Boko Haram terrorists in Sambisa Forest.

In a goodwill message to troops on Saturday, December 24, 2016 of the Operation Lafiya Dole on the successful capture of the Boko Haram enclave in Sambisa Forest, Buhari said that he was proud of the troops.

He said: “I am delighted at, and most proud of the gallant troops of the Nigerian Army, on receipt of 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 at finally entering and crushing the remnants of the Boko Haram insurgents at “Camp Zero”, which is located deep within the heart of Sambisa Forest.

“I was told by the Chief of Army Staff that the Camp fell at about 1:35pm on Friday, Dec. 22, and that the terrorists are on the run, and no longer have a place to hide.”

He urged troops to maintain the tempo by pursuing the insurgents and bringing them to justice.

The President, therefore, called on all Nigerians to cooperate and support the Nigerian Armed Forces and other security agencies by providing useful information that would expose all the terrorists hiding among the populace.

He, however, urged the troops to further intensify their efforts towards liberating the remaining Chibok girls still in captivity.

President Buhari also congratulated and commended “the able leadership of the Nigerian Army in particular and indeed, that of the Armed Forces in general, 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 and momentous effort. May the Almighty continue to be with you.

“I wish you a Merry Christmas and a most rewarding and peaceful Year 2017 ahead.’’

This article originally appeared on Signal.


  1. It’s important to remember that even with the official declaration of victory, the situation is still quite tense. As mentioned by Muhammadu Buhari in his interview with NPR, “Boko Haram cannot now march their forces and attack towns or attack military installations. Technically, we’ve won the war because people are going back into their neighborhoods.”

    Emphasis on the word *technically.* There is still danger in the region, particularly in regards to guerrila tactics, suicide bombings, and extremists.

    Here’s the source on that NPR article, by the way:

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