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Saturday, December 24, 2016


A soldier in Borno state as the area is liberated from Boko Haram's grip Photo Credit: Sky News

The Boko Haram terrorist group has finally been crushed — driven from its last forest enclave with fighters on the run and no place to hide, President Muhammadu Buhari declared Saturday.
President Buhari's victorious statement came in a statement he issued after he was informed by Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, that the last camp fell at about 1:35 p.m on Friday.
I was “most proud” to receive the “long-awaited and most gratifying news of the final crushing of Boko Haram terrorists”;  he wrote, declared "the terrorists are on the run, and no longer have a place to hide."
In a statement, Buhari commended Nigerian troops for...
 "...finally entering and crushing the remnants of the Boko Haram insurgents at Camp Zero," which is located deep within the heart of Sambisa Forest.
"Further efforts should be intensified to locate and free our remaining Chibok girls still in captivity. May God be with them," Buhari said.
Apart fron dozens of girlsb who escaped within hours of their abduction, in October, 21 Chibok girls were freed through negotiations between the government and Boko Haram, brokered by the Swiss government and the International Red Cross. In May, one Chibok girl escaped on her own. Some 197 are still missing.
The freed girls have indicated that several others have died in captivity from things like malaria and a snake bite.
Having killed more than 20,000 people, driven some 2.3 million people from their homes and created a massive humanitarian crisis. The U.N. has warned that 5.1 million people are in danger of starving in northeast Nigeria, including in areas too dangerous to reach because of Boko Haram ambushes.

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