Security: Market Women, NGOs Hails Buhari
Thousands of peace loving Nigerians, market women as well as nongovernmental organizations on Friday took to the streets of Abuja to celebrate the defeat of Boko Haram by the Nigerian Army. The procession started at the Wuse market to Garki before moving to Farmers market and making a final stop at the 3 arms zone where the leader of the group finally delivered a powerful appreciation speech to the President and the Chief of Army, Lt. General Buratai, the other service chiefs and all the officers and men of the Nigerian military for their relentless and selfless efforts.
In her address, the FCT Coordinator of the Africa Arise for Change Network, Lilian Cosmas who led the procession said Nigerians had never thought the day would come when “the blood sucking demons called terrorists” will take flight before the Army. She said the street march is to show appreciation to the President Muhammadu Buhari and the entire military for the defeat of the terrorists. According to Cosmas, the coalition will embark on a nationwide sensitization exercise to enlighten members of the public on how to remain vigilant and ensure that Nigerians assist the Nigerian Army to track every fleeing terrorist in the country. She said the promises the President made while assuming office are already being fulfilled.
“Beyond the anti-corruption crusade, the war on terrorism attained a crescendo on December 24 of last year when the Nigerian Army, under your able direction defeated Boko Haram by clearing out its “Camp Zero” in Sambisa Forest. Nigerians had never thought the day would come when the blood sucking demons called terrorists will take flight before the Army. It took your leadership for us to acknowledge the truism that action speaks louder than voice. Mr President, we salute your directive that the fleeing terrorists should be tracked down and brought to justice. The implementation of this directive would send a clear message to insurgents in other parts of the country that there is always a price to pay for breaching the security of Nigeria. It is this reckoning that brought Boko Haram to its deserved end.” She said.
She assured that the coalition will back the ‘thank you’ march with action by partnering and assisting the Federal Government to make sure that the country gets relief from the menace of Boko Haram with 2016 and it does not rear its ugly head in our nation again. She said the coalition will embark on sensitization exercise will involve its members going into major markets, transport hubs and public places in Kaduna, Kano, Yola, Jos, Minna, Sokoto, Birni-Kebbi, Ilorin, Lokoja, Okene, Ibadan, Enugu, Port Harcourt and other major cities during the week with fliers to share to everyone to educate them on how they can contribute towards preventing a resurgence of terrorism.