By Adenike Lucas
The All Progressives Congress in the United Kingdom has paid tribute to 'brave' Nigerian service men and women in its Christmas message.
The party noted the recent recapturing of Sambisa forest as one of the success of the Buhari-led administration.
Boko Haram, an Islamic militants group which operates in the north-east, has killed more than 15,000 people and has displaced two million others.
In April 2014, the sect led by Abubakar Shekau kidnapped more than 200 school girls from Chibok in Borno State.
Since then, 21 of the girls have been released to their families after a deal was brokered by the Red Cross and Swiss government.
The Nigerian troop which has engaged in a major offensive (Operation Lafiya Dole) against the militant group, were able to successfully clear them out of their last camp in Sambisa forest, on December 23.
"This government is determined to fulfill the CHANGE promise it made to Nigerians. This is evident by the successes recorded by our brave soldiers especially the capture of camp-zero in Sambisa forest and rescue of twenty-one Chibok girls," the statement from APC UK reads.
President Buhari, the Commander in Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces sent a congratulatory message to "all our troops who contributed to this most commendable and momentous effort."
The APC UK also thanked Nigerians, telling them "all over the world, we, Nigerians are known for our hard work and our ability to succeed in any given situation.
"2016, might have been tough but we all know that tough times don't last, but tough people do."
The message highlighted achievements of the APC-led government, such as the introduction of "the national home-grown school feeding programme," which is slated as one of the social intervention programmes promised to Nigerians by our great party.
It gave high hopes about the economy and commended President Buhari, for his "submission of the 2017 budget of Recovery and Growth."