The youths coalition under the aegis of the North East Coalition Against Terrorism (NECAT) expressed excitement for being able to return to their ancestral homes in peace.
The youths coalition under the aegis of the North East Coalition Against Terrorism (NECAT) expressed excitement for being able to return to their ancestral homes in peace. They said they can now sleep with their eyes closed.
Speaking to the crowd, President General of NECAT, Babangida Halilu, said the period they were displaced from their homes was "utter despair completely devoid of hope."
"They were days that we reckon our life expectancy in minutes and hours as we were never certain we will see the following day.
“This sense of helplessness was compounded in no small way by the diversion of the funds meant for equipping the military. Life was restored to the region with the coming of President Muhammadu Buhari, who true to his campaign promises, showed leadership and the political will to crush the terrorist group and end the reign of terror by the insurgents.
“Mr President’s commitment found expression in his appointment of new Service Chiefs that have demonstrated the Armed Forces of Nigeria are to be reckoned with. The youths also urged the military to sustain the war against the insurgency until the last of them either surrenders, killed or arrested.
"It is with joy that we inform you that the Army’s achievement in the region has allowed state and local governments to be back to functioning while citizens are going about rebuilding their businesses," Halilu said.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army has cautioned that no one or group should hold any victory party to celebrate the army for defeating the terrorists, as it serves as 'distraction.'