Political Solution or Not Army’ll Go Ahead with Operations Against Boko Haram – CDS

The Chief of Defence Staff, Lt.-Gen. Abayomi Olonishakin, said on Monday, that if the Federal Government decides to exchange the abducted Chibok schoolgirls for the detained members of Boko Haram, it will not stop the Army from continuing with its operations in the North East.
He said if such happened it would be a political decision that would not stop the ongoing military operations.
Olonishakin, who said this when he spoke with State House correspondents after a workshop organised for top security chiefs on how to respond to emergency situations such as terrorism and flood inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja, noted that the operations against insurgency must go ahead, whether political solution or not.
“That (call for the swap of the girls with Boko Haram fighters) is a political decision to be taken. The military decision is that we are going ahead with our operations. The operation is being conducted appropriately,” he said.
On the video released by the sect on Sunday, he said: “We are analysing the video released by Boko Haram and we will make appropriate comments at the right time.”
He also denied media reports that one of the men declared wanted gave himself up to the Nigerian Army and was asked to return home.
In a video released by the sect weekend, a man clad in military uniform hanging an AK47 rifle had said some of the girls were still alive but would only be exchanged with Boko Haram members in the custody of the Nigerian authorities.

Author: News Editor

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