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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Buratai, MNJTF Head of Mission meet over Boko Haram

•As Osinbajo clarifies that insurgents targeting VIPs houses, not VP's house

The Head of Mission, Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) and Executive Secretary, Lake Chad Basin Commission, Engineer Sanusi Abdullahi, yesterday, held talks with the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, on ways to end the Boko Haram insurgency.
Meantime, The presidency has denied saying that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo raised alarm that Boko haram was targeting his house, saying that the statement was made in error.
Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande in a statement to correct the error said that the Vice President was meant to say that the insurgents were now targeting the house of Very Important Persons, VIPs.
The statement read in parts" A press briefing note circulated today by the Secretariat of the National Economic Council, NEC, contains a typo on the very last line
of the last paragraph.
That paragraph should read “The Vice President also disclosed that security reports has it that scavengers are now being prepared by insurgents to dump refuse laden with bombs in the houses of VIPs.”
The last line erroneously says “in the house of the Vice President.”
However, according to a statement by the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman Engr. Abdullahi assured that his commission would partner with the Nigerian military on the strategies towards making Boko Haram terrorism a thing of the past.
The Head of Mission who commended the Nigerian Army’s efforts in the ongoing fight against the insurgency in the North Eastern part of the country, reiterating the need for the Nigerian Army in particular and the nation in general to fulfill its obligations toward ending the insurgency.
He emphasized that the operations of the Multinational Joint Task Force will be aimed at supporting the Nigerian military to bring peace to the Sub-Region.
Responding, the COAS, Maj- Gen. Buratai expressed appreciation for his support and cooperation during his brief stay as Commander, Multinational Joint Task Force to the Head of mission.
It will be recalled that before his appointment as the Chief of Army Staff, General Buratai was the Force Commander of the Multinational Joint Task Force where the Executive Secretary was the Head of Mission.
Present during the visit were senior officers of the Army Headquarters, Major General Mohammed Tasiu Ibrahim, Chief of Army Standard and Evaluation, Major General Alani
Gafar Okunlola, Acting Chief of Operations and Brigadier General Dahiru Abdulsami, Acting Director of Operations.

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