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103 Boko Haram Commanders, Families Surrendered In Borno – DHQ

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator George Akume, said on Thursday that the administration of President Bola Tinubu had defeated Boko Haram terrorists in its first year in office.

The SGF, who spoke at a book launch in Abuja to celebrate Tinubu’s first-year achievements in office, said the President deserved commendation for the feat of defeating Boko Haram.

Also on Thursday, the Defence Headquarters said 103 Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists and their families surrendered to the Nigerian military in Borno State between 21st of May and 23rd of May, 2024.

The Director of Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. Edward Buba, stated this during the DHQ’s bi-weekly press briefing on Thursday.

Giving the details of the development, Buba said, “Between May 21 and May 23, 2024, a total of 103 Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists fighters and their families, comprising of 13 adult males, 29 adult females and 61 children, surrendered to troops in Mafa, Bama, Gwoza and Monguno LGAs of Borno State.”

Meanwhile, a statement on Thursday by the media aide to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, John Ameh, said Akume commended Tinubu for defeating Boko Haram in the first year of his Presidency.

“There is no one that is in doubt of President Bola Tinubu’s giant strides in the last one year. The Federal Government under President Tinubu’s leadership has defeated Boko Haram terrorists,” the statement quoted Akume to have said.

He further commended the President for infrastructural developments achieved during his first year in office.

“President Tinubu, in just one year, has built many roads across Nigeria and other critical infrastructures like the Abuja Metro Rail,” SGF Akume added.

The statement further revealed that the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Abdullahi Ganduje, said, “President Tinubu has demonstrated remarkable leadership in the face of adversity by resetting Nigeria on the path of growth and development.”

It added that billionaire businessman, Arthur Eze, eulogised President Tinubu for standing up to state governors in trying to reform the country’s local government system.

The oil tycoon accused governors of cornering local government funds, thereby depriving the third tier of government of development.

The Federal Government recently sued the 36 state governors at the Supreme Court, for tampering with funds released from the Federation Account for the benefits of local governments.

Meanwhile, in commemoration of the President’s one year anniversary in office, two academics, Bolu Folayan and Ajibolu Balofine, chronicled Tinubu’s political journey – his triumphs and successes.

The book titled, ‘365 Days of Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Presidency: Resetting the Strategic Foundation for a New Nigeria,’ examines the President’s “stunning political success” by leveraging on his “prowess in strategic communication management.”

The authors, who are both communications professors, said they were inspired to document President Tinubu’s achievements on the political scene for posterity and academic purposes.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Nicholas Ella, said he knew one of the authors, Mr Balofin, as an accomplished researcher whom he first encountered during his tour of duty as a career diplomat in New York.

At the unveiling of the 420-page book at the Musa Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja, Messrs Akume and Ganduje donated N10m each, while Prince Arthur Eze bought 10 copies of the book for N20m.

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