Buhari Cancels Trip To Sambisa Forest, ToBe Represented By Defence Minister


​President Muhammadu Buhari has canceled hisvisit to the Sambisa Forest, the former head

quarter of Boko Haram sect.

Buhari was initially scheduled to declare open the

Nigerian Army Small Arms Championship holding

in Sambisa forest on Monday, March 27.

The minister of defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, will now

represent the President at the event, Chief of

Army Staff, Tukur Buratai disclosed this on

Saturday, March 25.

No concrete reason was given for the

cancellation.

Speaking to newsmen in Maiduguri, Buratai said

Sambisa forest was chosen for the event to

consolidate Nigerian Army’s grip on the area.

He said: “We have been in the north-east, fighting

the Boko Haram terrorists, and you know the

significance of the Sambisa forest to them.

“It used to be one of their centres; in fact, we

suspect that their command and control centre

was located there before its eventual capture.

“We also want the place to be dominated by our

troops and also to get firm control, so that we

will continue to dominate the area.”

The army chief said the championship was part

of the training activities of the Nigerian Army,

aimed at sharpening marksmanship of its

personnel.

“The Nigerian Army Small Arms Championship is

part of the training activities scheduled for 2017.

“It is a championship among the formations of

the Nigerian Army.

“The objective of the event is to sharpen the

marksmanship skills of the army personnel,” he

added.

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