The defense headquarters says the military has deployed new tactics to check recent pockets of attack by Boko Haram terrorists known as Drawing Enemy Fire.
The director of defense information, Major General John Enenche made this known to newsmen at a routine media briefing in Abuja.
While admitting that the Islamist insurgents were responsible for recent attacks in the North-East, Major General Enenche however urged the public not to regard them as resurgence of the years long insurgency which the military has long claimed to have defeated.
“Boko Haram terrorist groups vary in their characteristics. Drawing Enemy Fire is the tactics that is being employed by the Nigerian army to eliminate those of them who are reluctant to surrender.”
Major General Enenche disclosed that a good number of the insurgents have been surrendering, noting that the military is open to welcoming and rehabilitating those of them who might still be interested in leaving the camp of the terrorists.
He also told stories of victory about both the Navy and the Air force in their various operations across the country.
The director of defense information however did not explain how the Operation Drawing Enemy Fire is different from Operation Lafiya Dole, the military’s main anti-terrorism operation in the war-ravaged North-East.
The military has severally declared victory against the insurgents despite that they never stopped launching deadly attacks week in week out against both the military and innocent civilians in the North-East.
The military has been smart to react to such attacks, identifying them as fleeing remnants of the defeated insurgents going after “soft targets”.
“The apprehension from the public is becoming much from the dossier I get, but I am assuring them that the new tactics adopted by the military in eliminating the terrorists is working,”
Major General Enenche added.
Nigerians in the North-East seriously hope the new tactics are truly working.