Northern youths hail military for peaceful Christmas

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Chief of Defence Staff General Leo Irabor

A non-partisan advocacy group, Northern Youths Vanguard for Development (NYVD) has hailed the troops of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) deployed to various parts of the region for ensuring Christians in the country was celebrated Christmas with fanfare and peace.

The group said its investigation revealed that sustained onslaught by the military provided a conducive environment for the return of economic activities in the region and peaceful Christmas celebration for two consecutive years.

NYVD in a statement signed by the President, Yakubu Dauda and Secretary, Roseline Musa on Monday, commended AFN for its determination to restore peace to all parts of the country.

The group urged people of the region to show appreciation to the military by their cooperation and provision of useful information on the activities of enemies of the country in their domain.

“New year eve, bandit’s kingpin, Gwoska Dankarami, escaped death by the whiskers when air strikes of the Nigerian military targeted his hideout, along Kaura Namoda Road in Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

“Similarly, troops of 199 Special Forces Battalion hit out at terrorists on the eve of new year along Maiduguri to Damboa Road, killing some of them.

“Reports from the North East are cheering and give us hope that very soon, normalcy will be completely restored, because of what our troops are doing there and other places.

 “We in NYVD commend the Armed Forces of Nigeria under Gen. LEO Irabor for making all this possible. We are very hopeful it will get better for the North and Nigeria as a country,” it said.

The group urged parents to monitor the activities of their wards to ensure they don’t fall for the evil antics of enemies of the North who want to recruit more youths into their nefarious activities.