•Harps on strengthening civil-military relations
The troops of the Nigerian Army engaged in Operation Lafiya Dole has rescued an aged man above 80 years from the Boko Haram terrorists/Islamic State in West African Province (ISWAP).
The troops also rescued three women and four children in the operation in parts of Borno State, North East Nigeria.
This was disclosed in a terse Facebook post on Sunday by the Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sagir Musa, highlighting the success of the military in its ongoing operations to free the region from terrorism and insurgency.
Musa also used the opportunity to encourage Nigerians to see the human side of the Nigerian Army in a bid to strengthen the Civil-Military Relations, especially in parts of the insurgency affected States of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States.
“Nigerian Army troops rescued an Octogenarian, 3 Women and 4 Children from terrorists’ Captivity at Dalu in the Mandara Mountains of Gwoza on 16 November 2019. Please, just see the other usual aspect of the Nigerian Army in the pictures below,” he stated.
Photo highlights: The humane side of Nigerian Army
In what showcases the humane side of the Nigerian Army, the troops could be seen attending to dehydrated captives rescued after subduing elements of Boko Haram/ ISWAP insurgents in Gwoza, Northeast of Nigeria.
Background: Boko Haram kidnap and rescues
The Boko Haram terrorists since its insurgency began in 2009 and mostly from 2011 onwards have relied in abduction of both citizens and foreigners to further their goals. They have since then kidnapped thousands of people with the two of the most popular ones being the over 200 girls of the Chibok Government Secondary school, Borno State who were kidnapped while sitting for their final paper in Senior Secondary Certificate Examination in 2014 as well as 111 students of Government Girls Secondary school and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State in 2018.
But both the Nigerian government, military and intelligence agencies have helped to rescue thousands of these kidnap victims from the terrorists sometimes in exchange for ransom or prisoners. Over 100 of the Chibok girls have since been freed, while all the Dapchi girls have been rescued except the only Christian abducted, Leah Sharibu. Sharibu is still in captivity despite several campaigns to get her released while the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG), which championed the global efforts for the freedom have also continued but in a subdued advocacy to free the remaining Chibok girls.
Several victims might still be in captivity but the latest success by the Nigerian Army is step towards their freedom like thousands of others that have been rescued from the Boko Haram terrorists captivity.
President Muhammadu Buhari who made the rescue of both Chibok girls ( in his first term) and Leah Sharibu (second term) as part of his campaign promises has vowed not to relent as several human rights activists have continued to put the issue on the front burner.
In the same vein, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and related groups have continued to remind and hold government accountable on the quest to see that the kidnap victims, particularly the girls most of whom are of Christian faith are rescued.