The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai has announced that the Nigerian troops currently battling the Boko Haram insurgents in the North-Eastern part of the country would be returned to the barracks in 2017.
He hoped that before then, the war would have been over.
His claim is coming barely three days after twin blasts, suspected to have been coordinated by the Boko Haram fighters, killed 56 persons and injured 77 in a market in Madagali, Adamawa State on Friday.
Speaking when he visited the 81 battalion on Monday, the army chief noted that the victory over the Boko Haram foot soldiers in the area would also facilitate the return of the Internally Displaced Persons to their homes.
He said, “Going by my first message in December, we must work to get out of this place. We must work to get out of this operation very quickly. We must defeat the Boko Haram. I was in one of the barracks and I have assured the families of our troops that many of you will go back in 2017.
“This battalion has done well. It fought along with the Cameroonian troops in this battle which means it is better placed to deal with these criminals. We must continue with the aggressive actions, patrol and ambush.
“We must move into all the hideouts of these criminals and fish them out. Other troops in the Sambisa Forest are dealing with them as well.”
He assured that the military would do more to improve the welfare of troops, adding that there would be a rotation of soldiers every six months of deployment.
The COAS also visited Alpha Company of 25 Brigade in Damboa to assess the new headquarters of the brigade.