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Army begs Boko Haram, ISWAP terrorists for reconciliation despite attack on IPOB, ESN
The Nigerian Army has pleaded with the rampaging terrorist groups, Boko Haram and ISWAP to seek forgiveness and reconciliation, noting Nigerians and the military are not happy people are dying.
Brig.-Gen. A.A. Eyitayo, the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, stated at a feast organized for journalists by the army in Maiduguri on Sunday.
The GOC, who is Operation Hadin Kai’s commander of Sector 1 revealed that the ongoing fight by the military on the terrorists has dealt a decisive blow on the terrorists leaving their remnants in disarray.
Eyitayo, however, pointedly said the Nigerian military is not happy about the bloody insurgency.
This, he said, would provide the terrorists a chance to enjoy the government’s rehabilitation and obtain skills to encourage them to live a productive life in society.
He hailed the contributions of the media in counter-insurgency combat and advised it to educate the insurgents to see the light and change from their unreasonable ventures.
“We are not here for bloodletting. Nobody is happy that people are dying.
“Some of them (insurgents) are listening to the media, so it is good for us to appeal to them through the media to shun violence, turn up to seek forgiveness and reconciliation,” Mr. Eyitayo explained.
Based on him, the dinner with reporters was to exhibit gratitude for the media reportage of military operations in the state.
“For the past three months since I assumed duty in Maiduguri in this capacity, there has never been any bad report.
“This is to appreciate the media for positive reportage,” he said.
The Secretary of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in Borno, Mohammed Ibrahim, applauded the GOC for holding up the media along and guaranteed him more backing and cooperation.
He additionally praised the military and other security agents included in the campaign against insurgency for their sacrifices. He encouraged the military not to back down, adding that North-East dwellers were behind them.
This is coming moment the rampaging youths under the aegis of Eastern Security Network, ESN, and Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are receiving serious clampdown by the military and other security agents in the Southeast.