Timothy Olanrewaju, Maiduguri
Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai, has commended troops fighting Boko Haram insurgents in the North East for their resilience.
At Eid Fitr (Sallah) lunch with troops at the frontlines at Dikwa central part of Borno yesterday, Buratai said the troops have demonstrated uncommon passion in the face of challenges to fight the insurgents, urging them to step up the tempo and assault on the terrorists. He reminded them that the security challenge was still real and potent.
“The existing security threat in the North East is still potent and we must do everything within our power to end all security threats in the country, including insurgency, armed banditry, kidnapping and secessionism,” the COAS, who was represented by Army Chief of Logistics, Maj. Gen. Enebong Uboh, said.
He assured the troops that the army leadership would continue to review their welfare package.
He urged the troops to always pray for the repose of their colleagues that died in the battlefield. He promised the families of deceased officers and soldiers that the army would not abandon them.
General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division Maiduguri and Commander Sector 1, Operation Lafiya Dole, Brig. Gen. Abdulmalik Bulama, commended the army chief “for his continuous supports” to the troops in the military operation in the North East.
Bulama said Boko Haram was not against only the military or security agencies in the country but against the Nigerian people. He urged all Nigerians to support the war against terrorism and terrorists.
He assured that the officers and soldiers in the operation will remain focused and determined to fight on until insurgency is defeated in the country.