– Dilemma of ground troops –
Badeh earlier addressed demonstrators who had marched on Defence Headquarters in Abuja in the latest in a series of protests that have sought to maintain pressure on the government and keep the disappearance in the spotlight.
The officer refused to divulge specific details, describing the operation as a “military secret”, but he added: “We are working. We will get the girls back.”
Addressing the protesters, Badeh said the military was faced with a dilemma of whether to send in ground troops, given fears of deaths and casualties among the hostages. READ: US deploys troops to Chad to hunt for Nigerian girls.
“Nobody should come and say the Nigerian military does not know what it’s doing. We know what we are doing. We can’t go and kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back,” he told the crowd.
“So, we are working. The president (Goodluck Jonathan) is solidly behind us. The president has empowered us to do the work.”