Residents of Damaturu were in frenzied excitement over the recent victory of the Nigerian army over members of the Boko Haram sect in the North-East of the country.
Speaking to a reliable correspondent, Alhaji Ali Musa, a resident of Damaturu, said that “the rededication of the security agents in the fight against insurgency has given us psychological relief with a sense of security.” He also expressed delight over the reported killing of the sect’s leader, Abubakar Shekau.
Alhaji Bukar Yawale, a trader in Damaturu, said: “we have faith and confidence in the bravery of Nigeria’s security forces and their capability to dislodge the leadership and supporters of the insurgents.
“Given the needed equipment and motivation, the military will have defeated them long ago.”
Hajiya Aisha Bukar, mother of six and a widow, said: “although many lives have been lost, we thank God and the military for the turn of events against the insurgents.”
A lecturer at the state university, who declined to mention his name, said Nigeria must save itself from avoidable embarrassments it suffered in the hands of the insurgents.
He weighed his argument on the record of the country’s military in regional and international operations.
A cleric, who did not want his name mentioned, commended the security agencies and called on the public to always volunteer useful information that would assist in the fight against the insurgents.
He said: “People should be vigilant of suspected persons or movements in their communities as the military destroy insurgents’ cells.
“The security should also intensify surveillance on the highways as fleeing bandits may resort to robbing motorists and commuters on the way.”