The Minister of Interior, Retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, has described the capturing of ‘Camp Zero’, the Boko Haram’s stronghold in the Sambisa forest by the Nigerian Army as the defeat of the insurgents.
The minister made this remark in a statement issued by his Press Secretary, Mr Ehisienmen Osaigbovo, on Thursday in Abuja.
Dambazau congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian Armed Forces and the good people of Nigeria on the dismantling and incapacitation of the insurgents.
He said the victory had shown the president’s resilience and commitment to fulfilling the promise he made to Nigerians, that he would bring the terrorist group to its knees.
Dambazau recalled that the insurgency had claimed the lives of innocent Nigerians as well as impeded the nation’s growth.
He, however, called on Nigerians to expect the delivery of more promises in the coming years, as the best of President Muhammadu Buhari administration had yet to come.
The minister also lauded the performance of all security agencies during Christmas, which he said ensured a peaceful and conducive environment at yuletide.
He, therefore, tasked them to redouble their efforts in 2017 and called on the Nigerian citizens to be on the watch of people with criminal intentions, who might be a threat to peace and security.
The minister stressed the need for internal security and directed the Nigeria Police, as part of the ministry’s strategy of “winning the peace” to maintain vigilance.
According to him, the police will deal appropriately with anyone, who intends to breach the security of the nation.
He specifically charged the police to deal with all reported cases of kidnapping, armed robbery, cattle rustling and other violent crimes.
The minister also directed the police and NSCDC to deploy more personnel to liberated areas in the North East to install civil authority in order to win the peace, while protecting IDPs and critical infrastructure.
He warned people, who might be in possession of firearms illegally to return same to the nearest police station and collect an acknowledgement receipt or be prepared to face the wrath of the law.
Dambazau pledged the Federal Government’s commitment to peace and security, adding that internal security remained “a major government priority’’ in 2017.