The Nigerian Army yesterday said the war against Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East would come to an end in a short period of time if the National Assembly approved the purchase of helicopters for military operations against terrorists in the region.
The Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Olusegun Adeniyi, dropped this hint while speaking during a visit by the National Assembly’s joint committee on Army in Maiduguri, Borno state.
He maintained that the unavailability of Army aviation was responsible for the institution’s inability to defeat the terrorists, adding that the necessary gadget needed in the fight against insurgency if provided would aid the Nigerian Army’s effort in fighting Boko Haram.
Adeniyi said: “The only thing that needs to be given to the army now is Nigeria Army Aviation with its own helicopters.
“There is a way you solve a problem that will change the game. The army needs combat helicopters to end the Boko Haram war.
If we have it, it will not be deployed like air force asset; air force jets which are for bigger strategic goals.”
He also said that the helicopters, if provided would be dispatched alongside frontline troops and riffles.
“These helicopters will sleep with us in the trenches, they will be with us in the frontline. These helicopters and the rifles are dispatched together.
“I know this has been on the table for years. When this is done, Nigeria can forget about Boko Haram,” Adeniyi added.
It will be recalled that the Army had earlier announced the capture of 10 suspected top members of the Boko Haram group.