Boko Haram: US security chief commends Nigerian military

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Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart speaks at a House Intelligence Committee hearing on world wide threats on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

By Mustapha Adamu

The United State Director of Defence Intelligence Agency, Vincent Stewart, has commended the resilience of the Nigerian Armed Forces for defeating Boko Haram and chasing them out of their once safe haven, Sambisa forest.
Mr. Stewart, a lieutenant general, made this remark when he visited the Nigeria Chief of Defence Staff, Abayomi Olonisakin, at the Defence Headquarters Abuja.
The US Director of Defence Intelligence Agency stated that he was in Nigeria to meet with the top echelon of the Nigeria Armed Forces with a view to collaborating in the areas of security and to pledge more support for the military in order to engender total stoppage of Boko Haram from operating in Nigeria territory and denying them future freedom of operation.
In his response, Mr. Olonisakin appreciated the cordial working relationship between the US and Nigeria, especially in military cooperation.
He thanked the United States for all the supports the Nigerian Military has enjoyed from them, saying the gesture has contributed immensely to the success recorded against insurgency.
Mr. Olonisakin used the occasion to intimate the visiting US senior military officer that the Nigerian Armed Forces always uphold the tenet of human right and dignity in its operations.
He said Nigerian Armed Forces have established Human Rights Desks in all units and formations to safeguard human rights of Individuals including the belligerents.
This giant stride, he said, was believed to encourage the United States government to render more assistance to Nigeria and its Armed Forces.
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