Nigerians may see the end of Boko Haram insurgency before the commencement of the general elections as a massive onslaught on the insurgents’ stronghold, the Sambisa Forest, in Borno State began recently.
The sect’s enclave, last week, witnessed air bombardment aimed at wrecking the sect’s military hardware and thing down its ranks.
Nigerian troops, according to Defence Headquarters Spokesman, Major-General Chris Olukolade, are leading the assault with contingent from Chad, Cameroon and Niger.
The latest offensive, took place barely one week after a meeting of the country’s service chiefs at which the operation was planned to reclaim territories in the hands of the terrorists.
Details of the operation recounted that war planes struck Boko Haram positions, while armoured vehicles rolled across the bridge linking Fotokol town in Cameroon with Gamboru in Nigeria, clearing the way for the ground troops.
Chad’s military, it was learnt, joined in the air strikes, re-claiming Gamboru-Ngala in the process.
Observers see the latest attack as the last push that would seal the Boko Haram thrust in the North East of the country.
Explaining the involvement of foreign troops in warding off internal insurrection, Major-General Chris Olukolade said the other troops keyed into, and are working in concert with the overall plan for an all-round move against the terrorists “as agreed”. He said Nigeria’s “territorial integrity remains intact”.
The Federal Government had vowed to bring an end to the disturbances before polling begins this February.
Opposition party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) have capitalized on the Boko Haram insurgency to criticize the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) saying it was unable to deal with the security situation which has wreaked havoc on economic and social life in the North East.