Aminat Isah, Abuja.
The Federal Government on Monday disclosed that the last phase of the war against the Boko Haram insurgency has commenced.
It noted that military is already punching deep into the enclaves of the insurgents, rescuing women, children and catalysing the surrender of many insurgents.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed disclosed this at the special edition of town hall meeting held in Maiduguri, the capital city of Borno state.
According to the Minister, “Recently, the military handed over more than 82 women and children rescued from the insurgents to the Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) right here in Maiduguri.
“Three airlines which stopped operations in the heat of insurgency have now rescheduled flights in Maiduguri, following the successful decimation of the insurgent by the Nigerian military.”
Lai Mohammed further stressed that, “The mere fact that we are gathered here in Maiduguri, the epicentre of the Boko Haram insurgency, for this meeting is a testimony to the success that has been recorded in fighting the insurgency.
“In the heat of the insurgency, this would have been impossible. I am told that at least three airlines now have scheduled flights into Maiduguri. None was flying this route at the height of the insurgency. In any case, the airport was not even open for such flights due to safety and security concerns.”
“My Special Assistants, who flew into Maiduguri on Saturday, told me of how they were pleasantly surprised to see a city that was in sharp contrast to what is being painted out there: busy roads, people going about their daily chores as you would have in any normal city, and even a bubbling nightlife.”
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