The Minister of Defense, Major-General. Bashir Magashi (Rtd.) Says the army has registered a gradual return to peace in the northeast.
He said this when the Senate Committee on Defence, led by its Chairman, Sen. Aliyu Wamakko visited the ministry on Tuesday for scrutiny.
Magashi, who said Nigeria had faced various internal security challenges, noted that peace was returning to parts of the country affected by insurgents.
“Nigeria faces various internal security challenges even as it grapples with the unconventional war waged against it by the terrorist group, Boko Haram and banditry in some states like Niger, Katsina, Kaduna, Sokoto and Zamfara.
“The armed forces face the emerging threat of banditry in other parts of the country, particularly in the north-central and north-west.
“These challenges have entrusted to the constructive capacities of our armed forces the consequent losses of our valiant officers and men in the exercise of their functions.
“The armed forces have continued to face the challenges of ensuring that intermittent insurgent incursions are constantly repelled.
“However, we have reached a level of tranquility.”
The minister, however, said that with the support of the National Assembly. the ministry would consolidate on its current strides and ultimately achieve sustainable tranquillity.
In his remarks, Wamakko said he was confident that Nigeria would overcome its security challenges.
“The entire country wants to know where we are in terms of security. I am confident that we will overcome our challenges as daunting as they are,” he said.