Army chiefs receivae medals, promise to meet Buhari’s deadline to end Boko Haram in 3 months

The authorities of the Nigerian Army on Thursday promised to meet the deadline set by President Muhammadu Buhari to put an end to insurgency in Nigeria’s north-east in 3 months, a mandate that was handed down at the decoration of new service chiefs on August 13.

While providing updates on its recent counter-insurgency efforts, through its official account on social media platform, Twitter, spokesman of the Nigerian Army, Col. S K Usman disclosed that the army has established an effective operational synergy with the Nigerian Air Force and other security agencies.

He added that joint operations with the Air force had resulted in the recovery of Gomboru-Ngala from Boko Haram on Tuesday with mop-up operations ongoing.

Specifically commending the officers of the Nigerian Airforce, the army stated that “the bombardment of identified terrorist locations, close air support, air surveillance and interdiction by the Nigerian Air Force have enhanced our operational efficiency and success.”

The army also added that the air force has been involved in the “supply of essential items, casualty evacuation, equipment and weapon delivery” in the renewed counter-insurgency operations code-named “Operation Lafiya Dole.”

The army further expressed its appreciation of all citizens who have been cooperating with the military in the quest to fight terrorism, by providing tips about suspicious movements which has led to the interception of weapons and explosive materials. It said the tips have helped to decimate the leadership of Boko Haram and force many of the sect’s foot soldiers to abandon their leaders.

While acknowledging the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari to boost the morale of the forces, the army headquarters revealed that the president has also approved the award of the Nigerian Army Medal (NAM) to the chief of army staff, Maj-Gen. Tukur Buratai and to the chief of defence staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonishakin.

The army similarly announced the reintegration of 3,032 soldiers out of the 5,000 earlier dismissed by courts martial over disciplinary issues recorded under the previous anti-terrorism operation, Zaman Lafiya. It stated that the soldiers are currently undergoing re-training and ready to return to the battlefront.

A monthly route march organised by the chief of army staff, Maj-Gen Tukur Buratai will also be taking place on Friday, September 4, across the various units and formations of the Nigerian army. Buratai will personally lead the march in Abuja. The army therefore urged all citizens not to panic on sighting a heavy presence of troops on selected routes.

Conclusively, the army pledged its commitment and unalloyed loyalty to President Muhammadu Buhari, the commander in chief of the armed forces, in his quest to ensure Nigeria is free of the menace of terrorism while also thanking the president for his continued support.

 

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