The Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj. -Gen. Lucky Irabor has presented the captured Boko Haram flag to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The presentation was done on Friday night in Abuja during the hosting of the president to Guards Brigade Regimental Dinner by the Nigerian Army.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that men of the Operation Lafiya Dole operating in the North East had successfully captured the “Camp Zero”, the strongest enclave of Boko Haram terrorists sect, in the Sambisa Forest.
Irabor, had disclosed that about 1,240 suspected Boko Haram terrorists were arrested during a mop-up operation by troops inside the Sambisa forest.
While receiving the flag, President Buhari challenged the armed forces on the need to continue to ensure the survival of Nigeria as a geo-political entity despite what he described as “”political madness’’ being exhibited in some parts of the country.
According to him, it is duty bound for the army to ensure the sustenance of peaceful co-existence among the over 250 ethnic groups across the country.
“We will do our best to build the national institutions in the country.
“”All these political madness in the North East, the Niger Delta or in the East should not be allowed to cause division or any form of tension in the country.
““There are 250 ethnic groups, so keeping Nigeria one is a task that must be done, even for your personal reason you must make sure this country remains united and stronger,’’ he said.