A coalition of civil rights group under the umbrella name, ‘Eko Civil Right and Peace Movement’ has organised a rally to mark the one year anniversary of the Nigerian military, seizing the stronghold of the Shekau-led Boko Haram, which has terrorised communities in the North-Eastern part of Nigeria.
The group’s president, Comrade Adumashin Ayokunle, during the rally, lauded President Buhari’s resolve to take the war on insurgency seriously, which he believes has yielded positive results.
“The rally being held today, December 28, 2017, also coincides with the announcement which got to us about 4am, in 2016, about the fall of Camp Zero which was the strongest spiritual and military hold of Shekau and his faction of Boko Haram.
From aerial images we could see this time last year how the insurgents were surrendering in large numbers to our troops, women and children being rescued and how Abu Shekau deserted his shrine leaving his Quran and the black ISIS flag behind at the camp.”
“We are here to celebrate the achievement of the military and the Nigerian Army in particular, who over the years have become a willing partner in progress through their numerous military drilling like Operation Crocodile Smile 1 and 2, Operation Python Dance 1 and 2 to keep the country and particularly Lagos State free from criminals.
”Our people are eager to have Operation Crocodile Smile 3 in January not because the criminals have returned but have started missing the CSR intervention programs that usually accompany same by the Nigerian Army anytime we see them coming to carry out their legitimate and constitutional duties to the state.
Without sounding immodest, the Eko Civil Rights and Peace Movement is therefore demanding for the immediate commencement of Operation Crocodile Smile 3 in the South-West to support our dream of an ideal Lagos which is a home to all kinds of businesses and transactions,” said Ayokunle.