The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai has given account of the efforts made by the Nigerian soldiers to fulfil the 40-day ultimatum given to them to capture the leader of Boko Haram insurgents, Abubakar Shekau.
The Army boss had, July 21 this year, given the soldiers 40-day ultimatum to capture Abubakar Shekau dead or alive. The ultimatum elapsed on Wednesday, August 30 this year.
General Buratai acknowledged the soldiers could not capture the Boko Haram leader for no fault of theirs even as he commended them for zealously pursuing the hiis directive of capturing Shekau.
He particularly hailed the Theater Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, his Sector Commanders and all troops of the operation for eliminating the five key leaders of the terrorists group, who were the closest associates and right hand men of the terrorists group leader.
“Within the same period 82 of the Boko Haram terrorists were eliminated.”
This was even as the Theater Commander has requested for the extension of the deadline for the capture of Shekau, which was promptly granted by the Army boss.
According to General Buratai, giving deadlines and extensions are strategic means of focusing troops’ efforts in the theatre.[myad]