The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai charged field commanders to remain focused toward containing the traces of insurgency still being recorded.
Buratai made the remark on Monday, while declaring open a five-day retreat for past field Commanders of the ongoing counter terrorism and counter insurgency operations in the North East.
He described the Boko Haram insurgency which began in 2009 as one of the most intimidating security challenges that had threatened and undermined the peace and security of the country.
Buratai noted that the situation was so bad when he took over the helm of the army in 2015, with the terrorists holding onto about 14 Local Government Areas in Borno state.
He however, said that the army swiftly responded and turned the tide against them and commended past and present commanders for their contributions in degrading the terrorists.