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Boko Haram North East residents organise solidarity march for soldiers

Residents of Nigerian communities liberated from Boko Haram, North East Coalition Against Terrorism (NECAT) said they will hold a solidarity march in support of the military.

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The march will be a mark of solidarity for the success recorded by Nigerian troops fighting insurgency in the North Eastern part of Nigeria.

National Coordinator of the group, Yusuf Mshelizza, in a letter addressed to President Buhari and the Chief of Army Staff, a copy obtained by Pulse on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, stated that the march will also honour the government's effort in eradicating insurgency and to openly appreciate the Nigerian Army for their zeal to salvage the North Eastern States.

We will forever appreciate the Nigerian Army; we lost almost everything including our homes, properties and lives due to the incessant killings and destruction of properties by Boko Haram insurgents in the last few years,” the letter stated.

While appreciating the Army's efforts, the group further said at a point it became difficult for them to believe that terrorism could be wiped out of the region within decades.

Sir, we stand to applaud your administration's success in eradicating Boko Haram terrorist in our land. It may interest His Excellency to note that, as it stands today, normal activities have returned to the North East region, government at the state level is now talking of rehabilitation of victims instead of the previous call to fight insurgency, a good testimony that the war against Boko Haram has been won.”

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