Leader of the military Counter-insurgency operation in the North East, Maj. Gen. Lucky Irabor, made this statement while speaking at an Easter party organised for all military and security personnel on Tuesday.

He said the military and other security agencies were battle ready to defend the territorial integrity of the nation from being captured by the enemies.

“That is why I am glad that we have here other security agencies who are increasing in numbers. The last time we had this, we were not this many.

“I commend the resilience everyone is putting into this. The nation looks up to us for the cherished values our nation was once known for, we are beginning to retrieve it back.”

“It is your contribution that has led to it and you need to understand that that status must be maintained, we need to keep it up and we must know that we cannot rest on our oars but rather to re-energize, to reinvigorate and to ensure that we raise the bar of professional excellence and together we will end this madness of Boko Haram terrorism and insurgency,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army has released 593 Boko Haram detainees, after they were cleared of having links with the terrorist group.