Lt. General Ibrahim Attahiru, the Chief of Army Staff yesterday admitted defeat of the Army on several battle fronts by Boko Haram in recent times.
Attahiru while reacting to the recent attacks in an interview with newsmen at 7 Division, Maimalari Cantonment/ Operation Lafiya Dole in Maiduguri while on an operational visit to see the wounded soldiers, he said in a war situation, it was not possible for the military to win all battles.
“There is no way troops would always claim victory over its enemies as sometimes, opposite is the direction,” he said.
COAS, who noted that the troops are committed to ending the insurgency war and other security challenges such as banditry and kidnapping, among other crimes bedeviling some parts of the country.
He said: “Even though some of our troop locations in Mainok and other formations were attacked by members of Boko Haram sect, we will not accept defeat.
“In war, there is no way troops would always claim victory over its enemies. The Nigerian Army under the support of President Muhammadu Buhari will take on Boko Haram decisively as troops have defeated Boko Haram severally.
“Troops are committed to end the war and other security challenges such as banditry and kidnapping among other crimes bedeviling some parts of the country.
“We are committed to the focus of the entire operations which is total annihilation of Boko Haram from Nigeria.”
He said with the support of President Muhammadu Buhari, troops of the Nigerian Army will deal decisively with the insurgents, noting that the Army had defeated them severally in the past.