Nigerian Army is winning the battle on terror and banditry, according to Oba Adekunle Makama, the Olowu of Owu-Kuta in Ayedire Local Government Area of Osun.
In a statement released on Monday, Oba Makama, who is also the Chairman of the Council of Owu Obas, expressed delight with the number of militants who have surrendered to Nigerian security forces.
The traditional ruler praised in particular the efforts of the Chief of Army Staff, (COAS) Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya and his team in the fight against insurgency.
The Nigerian army recently stated that over 200 insurgents in Borno had surrendered their weapons, according to Olowu.
“They (militants) are surrendering with their rifles and ammo, which is a positive omen,” he added.
He urged the forces not to give up on dealing decisively with the terrorists still lurking in the forest, and he called for increased military support against the insurgents.
“These valiant military officers require our support as they continue their struggle against insurgency.
“We are all pleased with the progress and the ongoing military offensive along the banks of Lake Chad and in the Sambisa Forest.
“Yes, I join our charming and indefatigable President Muhammadu Buhari and the entire Nigerian people in expressing our joy over the clearing exercise.
“We are also pleased with what is happening in the general area of Sambisa, which has resulted in some rebels surrendering; this is a very welcome development from our capable Military,” he stated.
He also added that the Chief of Army Staff and the military had demonstrated their commitment to preserve the country’s territorial integrity.