Army More Committed In Defeating Boko Haram, Says Buratai

Tukur Buratai

 

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, says the Nigerian Army is more determined in defeating the Boko Haram terrorists and other security challenges in parts of the country.

He gave the assurances during an interdenominational church service and Juma’at prayer organised to mark this year’s Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL) in Yola, the Adamawa state capital.

Speaking through the Brigade Commander 23 Armoured Brigade Major General Mohammed Gambo, Buratai said the Nigerian Army will continue to live up to their expectations regardless of the prevailing security challenges bedevilling the country.

“Let me use this opportunity to reiterate our determination to achieve more successes in our fight against insurgency and other forms of criminality in the land.

“Our efforts must not be relaxed until our mission of complete defeat of the insurgents and other criminals in the country is attained,” he said.

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While recalling the theme for this year’s Army day celebration, ‘Professionally Responsive Soldiering: A Panacea for successful Military Operations,’ Buratai commended President Buhari and the National Assembly for their continuous support.

According to him, the Nigerian Army will continue to live up to their expectations regardless of the prevailing security challenges bedevilling the country.

The COAS also appealed to Nigerians to continue supporting the military in its efforts at tackling the security challenges of this country by providing useful information to law enforcement agencies in the country.

In attendance were the state governor, Umaru Fintiri, the heads of other security agencies and officers of the Brigade.

Other activities lined up to mark the Nigerian Army Day Celebration was cleaning exercise of the Jimeta market area in Yola by the soldiers.

The military also organised a medical outreach in Malkohi Village, a community hosting the IDPs in the Malkohi camp with residents turning up in their numbers to receive free medical attention.

LIVE: Buhari, Shettima, Others Attend Army Day Celebration

President Muhammadu Buhari at the 2018 Army Day celebration in Borno State on July 6, 2018.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari and Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima are attending the 2018 Army Day Celebrations in the state.

The annual event, which is ongoing in Monguno, also has in attendance the Chiefs of Army Staff and Air Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai and Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, among other top military officers.

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President Buhari Visits Borno For Army Day Celebrations

President Buhari Visits Borno For Army Day Celebrations
President Muhammadu Buhari at the 2018 Army Day celebration in Borno State on July 6, 2018.

 

President Muhammad Buhari has visited Borno State to commemorate the 2018 Nigerian Army Day celebrations with the troops in the state.

He was welcomed to the state by Governor Kashim Shettima, as well as the Chiefs of Defence Staff, Army Staff and Air Staff – General Abayomi Olonisakin, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai and Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

Members of the Borno State Executive Council and other top military officers in the state were also on the ground to receive the President.

Shortly after his arrival, President Buhari proceeded to Monguno via an Air Force chopper.

In his opening remark at the event, Lieutenant General Buratai briefed the President and other Nigerians on the Army operations in Borno and other states affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.

He promised that the Army would continue to carry out its responsibilities in accordance with the rule of law and the Nigerian Constitution.

As the general elections draw nearer, Buratai assured Nigerians that they would remain apolitical in the discharge of their duties.

On his part, Governor Shettima thanked the Federal Government for their unrelenting resolve in the fight against terrorism.

He was optimistic that the nation has finally come to the end of insurgency and faulted the rumours that the President was visiting Borno for political gains.

Commending President Buhari’s commitment to the nation’s security, Shettima said although the President left the military over 30 years ago, “the military refused to leave him.”

President Buhari, who was the special guest of honour at the event, informed Nigerians that the terrorists were surrendering willingly to the troops.

He also assured the people that efforts were ongoing by his administration to secure the release of Leah Sharibu, the remaining Chibok girls, and other captives in the custody of the outlawed group.

Soldiers Provide Community Service In Edo, Others To Mark Army Day

 

Soldiers and officers from various divisions of the Nigerian Army on Saturday took part in a clean-up exercise in Edo, Kaduna, and Borno states.

The exercise, which is part of activities to commemorate the 2018 Nigerian Army Day, is to foster civilian-military relations across the country.

Security: Army Will Continue To Work For Common Good, Buratai Assures Nigerians

 

The soldiers carried out general sanitation exercises, clearing dumps and blocked drainage systems in their host communities.

In his address to mark the commencement of the event, the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai had assured Nigerians that the military would continue to carry out its duties in accordance with the constitution.

Buratai, who addressed a press conference on Friday in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, noted that while the security agencies have a duty to keep the nation safe, it is a collective responsibility that cannot be achieved without the support and conscious participation of patriotic citizens.

“We assure all Nigerians that the Nigerian Army is for you and we’ll continue to work for the common good of the country while professionally carrying out our constitutional responsibility. I, therefore, solicit with us all to be our brothers’ keepers,” he had said.

Army Reopens Dikwa-Mafa-Gamboru Road

Nigerian ArmyThe Nigerian Army is celebrating successful counter insurgency operations by reopening the Dikwa-Mafa-Gamboru road in Borno State.

Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, in a ceremony marking the end of the 2016 Army Day celebration with the State Governor, Kashim Shettima in attendance has declared the road safe for civilian passage.

The 138km road was unceremoniously shut down over two years ago following terror acts by the outlawed Boko Haram sect in the area.

The newly reopened Maiduguri-Mafa-Dikwa-Gamboru/Ngala road connects Nigeria to Central and North Africa from the North-eastern region.

The road is considered strategic as it leads to towns believed to be the economic life wire of Borno State.

On assumption of office in 2015, the Chief of Army Staff, on his way to an operational visit to troops in Gamboru had been ambushed by Boko Haram elements operating in the axis.

Re-opening of the road for civilian use follows successful mop up operations in the area since then.

Government officials say closure of the road had almost crippled the commercial prowess of Borno State.

Theatre Commander of the counter insurgency war tagged “Operation Lafiya Dole”, Major General Lucky Irabor, believes that reopening of the road for commercial activities amidst security presence would encourage people to return home.

Medical outreach for sick Internally Displaced Persons in the Dikwa camp, home to over 58,000 people as well as the launch of a solar powered borehole was part of the Army Day celebrations.

The Army Chief also hosted the displaced to a lunch to celebrate the Eid El Fitri and the achievements of troops on the frontlines.

Governor Kashim Shettima commended the gallantry of the Nigerian armed forces and the civilian joint task force for their contributions towards peace building.

Damboa-Biu road linking Adamawa and Gombe states had earlier been reopened while troubled Buni Yadi in Gujba area of Yobe State had also been reopened all within the last four months.

Tackling Insurgency: Army Reiterates Commitment To Encourage Personnel

Tackling Insurgency: Army Reiterates Commitment To Encourage PersonnelThe Nigerian Army has reiterated its commitment to boosting the morale of its officers who have been at the forefront of the fight against terrorism in the country.

The Chief of Civil and Military Affairs, Major General Donald Orji, made the observation at a news conference ahead of the Army Day celebration.

Major General Orji said this year’s Army Day event would take place in Maiduguri, Borno State, north-east Nigeria, to reassure the troops and people in the region of their resolve to end the insurgency.

He also revealed that salaries and allowances of troops had been paid, to ensure that they put in their best in ending the war against Boko Haram.

Meanwhile, the Army Headquarters had presented cheques to 62 next of kin of soldiers and officers of the army who died in the ongoing counter-terrorism operations in the north-east.

The Chief of Army Administration, Major General Adamu Baba Abubakar, said the gesture was a sign of appreciation for their fallen colleagues and the support from their families while in service.

However, the military had recorded a number of achievements in the last few months which include the rescue of 200 girls and 93 women held hostage in Sambisa forest by members of the terrorist group and the 234 abductees rescued through the Kawuri and Konduga end of the stronghold of the Boko Haram.