The Nigerian Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has said that troops have begun to advance into the ISIS-affiliated Boko Haram stronghold of Sambisa Forest.
Buratai said the offensive is to remove the terrorist from one of their last enclaves in Nigeria and rescue people who have been abducted into the forest.
“This year, the whole Army Headquarters will be moving into the North East to celebrate Christmas and New Year with our troops,’’ he said.
Buratai also revealed an effort to boost army morale by unveiling bottles of water to show appreciation for their war effort.
He said: “The scheme involves branding 50cl bottle water with the image of the Nigerian soldier.
“It has the Nigerian army logo and that of stakeholders and partners from the private sector with the words: Thank you for your service.’’
According to him, the initiative seeks to appreciate the efforts of Nigerian troops actively engaged in the defence of our dear nation.
“This will no doubt go a long way in boosting the morale of the troops to show that their labour is being recognized and applauded by Nigerians.
“This initiative is quite timely, coming at a critical stage of the operations, when the troops have embarked on `Operation Rescue Finale.’
“It will surely add vigour, impetus and stimulate the troops in this phase of the operation,’’ Mr. Buratai said.