In a statement on Sunday by his media office, Tinubu congratulated the nation, President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian troops for last Friday’s onslaught on the insurgents when the army’s Operation Lafiya Dole troops finally entered and seized Boko Haram’s Camp Zero located in the heart of Sambisa Forest.
While commending the troops for their bravery and resilience, Tinubu urged Nigerians to spare a moment to pray for the soldiers, who, he said, had given the nation a wonderful Christmas gift by crushing the terrorists.
He urged the soldiers to consolidate on the victory by finishing the fight with the rescue of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls.
The statement read partly, “I congratulate the nation, President Buhari and the army for crushing Boko Haram in their last stronghold of Sambisa Forest. I congratulate the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole for their bravery and resilience. They have given the nation a most wonderful Christmas gift.
“I know the insurgents were engaged in their last desperate acts and merely clutching to their last straw. Now they have been put down. Terror will have no place in our land. The end is here.
“I commend the troops. I thank them again for their courage and bravery. It’s time to finish the job and locate and liberate the remaining Chibok schoolgirls abducted from their school in 2014.
“As we sink ourselves in the Christmas celebration, let us remember to pray for the troops. Let us remember that for them, there was no Christmas.
“Let us also spare a thought for the Internally Displaced Persons. We must support them and give them hope”.