– Women on Friday, January 6, stormed Abuja markets to celebrate Nigerian military’s victory over Boko Haram
– The women said the procession is in solidarity with President Muhammadu Buhari and the military
– The women also appreciated the efforts of all the service chiefs in the fight against insurgency
Some Nigerian women on Friday, January 6, thronged Utako market in Abuja in celebration of the recent victory against Boko Haram.
The women in their scores alongside members of some nongovernmental organization marched in solidarity with President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian military in the fight against insurgency in the North.
The women under the aegis of Nigerian market women association began the process from Abuja’s largest market, Wuse market, proceeded to Garki market, farmers market, Utako market and then made and stop at the three arms zone.
The procession led by the group’s leader and the Federal Capital Territory coordinator Africa Arise for Change Network, Lilian Cosmas was in appreciation of efforts of the military in fighting insurgency in the North-Easr.
Cosmos said Nigerians never believed the insurgency will one day come to an end.
She said the procession is also in honour of the all the service chiefs and President Muhammadu Buhari
Cosmos added that the coalition will embark on a nationwide sensitization exercise to enlighten members of the public on how to remain vigilant and ensure that Nigerians assist the Nigerian Army to track every fleeing terrorist in the country.
She said the promises the president made while assuming office are already being fulfilled.
“Beyond the anti-corruption crusade, the war on terrorism attained a crescendo on December 24 of last year when the Nigerian army, under your able direction defeated Boko Haram by clearing out its “Camp Zero” in Sambisa Forest,” Cosmos said.
“Nigerians had never thought the day would come when the demons called terrorists will take flight before the Army. It took your leadership for us to acknowledge the truism that action speaks louder than voice.
“Mr President, we salute your directive that the fleeing terrorists should be tracked down and brought to justice. The implementation of this directive would send a clear message to insurgents in other parts of the country that there is always a price to pay for breaching the security of Nigeria. It is this reckoning that brought Boko Haram to its deserved end.”
“Our appreciations go to the entire Nigerian Army, family members of troops and other partners in progress that contributed to liberating Nigeria from the grip of evil.
“The presentation of Boko Haram’s black flag to your Excellency by General Buratai was symbolic for us as it marked the a new beginning for the country to focus on development issues even as the military continues to fish out the fleeing fighters and their collaborators.
“It is the start of when anyone caught committing acts of terror should be swiftly treated as a common criminal and dealt with accordingly,” she said.