“The operation is well on course, we are doing quite OK,” Olonishakin told reporters after receiving briefs from the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, and commanders at the Military Command and Control Center in Maiduguri, capital of the restive Borno State.
Olonishakin said he had toured troops in Maiduguri and was seeing how to improve the efficiency of the operations.
He said the army had been making “so much” progress as many areas had been retaken from Boko Haram with civil authorities beginning to go back.
“The assessment has been fair, so far we have been on it, of course we have some losses and these losses are inevitable in operations,” he said.
He reiterated the army’s commitment toward meeting President Muhammad Buhari’s December deadline to end the insurgency.
Despite the offensive, suicide blasts masterminded by Boko Haram persist, causing heavy civilian casualties.
Boko Haram has waged a campaign of violence in Nigeria in 2009, seeking to establish an Islamic State. It has killed some 13,000 people and kidnapped hundreds, with neighboring countries such as Niger, Chad and Cameroon affected. Enditem