By Akeeb Alarape, Osogbo
Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has hailed President Muhammadu Buhari and members of Nigerian Armed Forces on the defeat of insurgents in the country.
While speaking at the 2017 Launch of Armed Forces Remembrance Emblem at the Government House in Osogbo, he expressed regret that the country suffered untold carnage while official corruption also bedeviled the battle against insurgents before the advent of the All Progressives Congress government at the centre.
He donated the sum of N10m in launch of the emblem and also promised to give a brand new bus for the comfort of members of the legions in the state.
While recalling what Nigeria went through while the Boko Haram held sway, Aregbesola said it was pathetic that the Northeastern part of Nigeria came under Boko Haram with the most horrendous cases of killings, maiming and intimidations.
“We have received good news of the routing of the insurgents at Sambisa forest and the destruction of their base by the Nigerian armed forces. Our soldiers, airmen and women and the officers of the various security agencies involved in this campaign have performed admirably, gallantly and heroically in the defence of our territorial integrity and pride as a nation and people.
“To be able to appreciate this, we must remember that large swaths of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States were seized by insurgents and their satanic flag firmly planted on these territories, with their macabre style of administration established therein.
“Thousands of our dear citizens have been killed, hundreds of thousands displaced while property, running into billions, including farms and animals destroyed. All social and economic activities were paralysed.
Beyond these states, these criminals make daring raids and carry out murderous operation in many parts of the North, leaving behind a trail of blood, sorrow and destruction.”
Saluting the courage of the fallen heroes, Aregbesola said they have laid down their lives.
He also recalled how certain political leaders and their military collaborators fleeced the country of funds meant for the prosecution of the battle against Boko Haram.
“We have seen to our national shame and embarrassment how funds meant for procuring arms and ammunition for soldiers were shared by politicians of the last regime and their collaborating leadership in the armed forces.