National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has congratulated President Buhari, the Nigerian military and all Nigerians on the recapture of Boko Haram stronghold, Sambisa Forest, stating that the success resulted from the strong foundation laid by the past Goodluck Jonathan administration.
In a statement signed by its spokesman, Dayo Adeyeye, the party, noted that while cleaning out Sambisa is a critical milestone, it is not the end of the war against insurgency in the country and so, the military needs not rest on its oars.
The statement read “We congratulate Nigerians for this important milestone in the long and bitter struggle against the forces of evil that have wreaked (sic) so much suffering and hardship on our people in the last few years.
“We also congratulate the President for his dogged pursuit of the war against the insurgency. We are happy that he has built on the efforts of his predecessors. Whatever we are witnessing now is as a result of all the efforts and sacrifices of the past and present.
“Nigerians and the international community will recall that the war effort received a major boost in the weeks leading up to the 2015 general elections. The insurgents were virtually annihilated – a feat that made it possible for elections to hold peacefully in almost all the Local Government Areas of all the states in the North East last year. We are therefore very much delighted with the continuation of this great effort by the President.”
It continued: “We salute the men and women of our beloved armed forces. Their courage, determination and sacrifice made this achievement possible. The men and women of the Nigerian armed forces have served and continue to serve with distinction in many peacekeeping operations all over the world. We salute them for fighting with great courage to keep the peace in their own Country.
“We also thank the international community for their support and encouragement particularly, those countries that have helped in the procurement of critical military hardware.
“Beyond Sambisa all the other forests which criminals used as hideouts and bases must equally be cleared by the military. Forests such as Birnin Gwari, Zamfara, Southern Kaduna, Enugu and Benue have become killing fields. They must all be cleared of criminal elements.” the statement added.