Boko Haram insurgents have been advised to embrace the dialogue option tabled by the Federal Government or get crushed by the might of the Nigerian Armed Forces, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Kenneth Minimah, said on Wednesday.
Minimah gave the advice when he spoke with newsmen shortly after an unscheduled visit to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State and epicenter of the war against the insurgents.
“The dialogue table is still open, or else the federal might is available to the armed forces to crush the insurgency”, he stressed.
Minimah was accompanied on the visit by his counterpart in the Air force, Air vice Marshal Adesola Amosu.
The army chief, who described the visit as “routine”, noted that it was aimed at assessing first hand, the condition of troops on ground as well as boosting their morale in the fight against the insurgents.
“We are here on routine visit to assess the condition of our troops, to visit the injured and the wounded in the hospital”, Minimah said.
He also called on Nigerians to trust the capability of the military to bring an end to the insurgency.
On his part, the Chief of Air Staff, AVM Amosu, said the role of tactical air support is not to destroy but to convince the enemy to have a rethink of what they are doing.
“Essentially, we are here to harass the enemy and to convince them that they need to come either to the table or drop their guns”, Amosu said.
He expressed satisfaction with the situation on ground.
“We are happy with the morale of soldiers on the field, we are also happy about the damage we have already inflicted on the insurgents.
“The soldiers are in high spirit. I am sure our coming today has further lifted them up”, Amosu said.
He added that the Nigerian Air Force was to complement the role of the military in the fight.