Boko Haram Will Remain Technically Defeated – Buratai

Military Officers Enjoined To Exhibit Absolute LoyaltyThe Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai has said that the Boko Haram terrorists will forever remain technically defeated.

He made this known while speaking in Damaturu the Yobe state capital shortly after a closed door meeting with the state governor Ibrahim Gaidam.

In a brief chat with journalists after the meeting, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai said because of the sustained onslaughts on the terrorists, “they will continue to remain technically defeated and they will never be as strong as they were previously”.

The Army Chief had before the closed door meeting visited the 159 battalions in Geidam located north of Damaturu the Yobe state capital and later the military base located in Kanamma the Nigeria/Niger border.

He asked the soldiers at the theatre of war to work towards ending the fight by clearing the remnant of the Boko Haram terrorists.

He charged them to be law abiding and respect rules of engagement as the military hierarchy will not take their welfare issues lightly.

The Army Chief assured them that the military under his leadership will continue to rotate the soldiers in the theatre of operation instead of allowing others to over stay in the war front.

The COAS had a week ago directed the theater commander to work towards delivering the Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau within forty days an ultimatum the military hierarchy said is still enforce.

The highest military hierarchy had since then returned to the theatre of war in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states to ensure that the renew terrorist attack on solve targets are eradicated completely.

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo had earlier challenged the Nigerian Armed Forces to be at the cutting-edge of technological warfare.

READ ALSO: Terrorism Fight: Osinbajo Challenges Military To Change Tactics

According to Prof. Osinbajo, militants, terrorists, hackers and economic saboteurs are re-inventing themselves with technology, thereby changing the very nature of warfare in the 21st century.

He warned the military to be mindful of the fact that the nature of warfare waged  by these groups challenges conventional military strategies, and therefore must be innovative in how they confront current security challenges.

He further added that it is only by preparing and adapting to the changing nature of the security landscape that countries can win the war against terrorism, economic sabotage, and cyber crimes.

Nigeria Army Promotes 6,199 Soldiers Fighting In North East

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Soldiers fighting Boko Haram in the North East received good news on Tuesday from the military authorities.

In recognition of their service to the nation, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, approved the special promotion of 6,199 of them.

This was disclosed in a statement by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Usman.

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Buratai

The soldiers serving in Operation LAFIYA Dole were promoted to various ranks between Lance Corporal to Warrant Officers.

According to the statement, 329 Staff Sergeants were promoted to Warrant Officers, 371 Sergeants were promoted to Staff Sergeants and 707 Corporals were promoted to Sergeants.

Also, 1,290 Lance Corporals were promoted to Corporals, while 3,502 Privates were promoted to Lance Corporals.

The Chief of Army Staff, who congratulated the soldiers for their promotion, called on them to intensify their efforts in clearing the remaining Boko Haram terrorists from the North East.

We Have Flushed Criminals Out Of Falgore Forest, Says Buratai

Tukur-Buratai-Boko Haram, Chibok girlsThe Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen Tukur Buratai, says the Nigerian Army has flushed out criminals from Falgore Forest and nearby communities in Kano State.

Buratai said this during a visit to the forest with Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, to inspect the outcome of the army’s operation in the forest, which was tagged Operation Harbin Kunama.

He said, “Your excellency, we are leaving Falgore Forest gladdened by what has been accomplished so far, our troops attached to Operation Harbin Kunama have done a critical but professional exercises here and its includes, arrests of many cattle rustlers, recovery of cattle and other domestic animals as well as arrest of Fulani Herdsmen who were hitherto creating disturbances around the area.”

The Nigerian Army had commenced the operation and set up the camp in the forest following the request the governor made to the Presidency, asking it to help in combating the problem of insecurity in and around the forest.

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Governor Ganduje

Governor Ganduje specifically wanted the Presidency to help tackle cattle rustling, clashes between herdsmen and farmers, armed robbery, kidnapping and other related crimes around the Falgore Forest axis.

In addition to eradicating these crimes, the chief of army staff informed the governor that the troops had also conducted various humanitarian exercises such as medical outreach, settlement of disputes over the ownership of farms.

After travelling deep into the forest, along with other senior army officers and top security and government officials, the governor said he was convinced that the Falgore Forest axis and nearby communities are now safe due to the operation.

He said, “Having seen the impact of the ground operation of the Nigerian Army here and having heard the report of the successes recorded from various intelligence sources, I am convinced that the issue of cattle rustling, herdsmen disturbances, armed robbery and kidnapping are now things of the past in this part of Kano State and do hereby officially declare operation Harbin Kunama a success and that the military camp be closed.”

Stop Allocating Soldiers To Politicians, Wike Replies Buratai

Rivers Govt. To Begin Streamlining Of State RevenuesRivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has asked the Army High Command to stop posting soldiers to politicians, saying it is counter-productive and a threat to national security.

Wike said this in response to the Chief of Army Staff Lt.-Gen. Turkur Buratai’s directive that soldiers should stay away from politicians.

READ ALSO: Buratai Warns Soldiers To Avoid Politicians

The governor called on the Army Chief to go beyond complaining that politicians are hobnobbing with soldiers and take action to check the disturbing trend.

Speaking during the flag off of the construction of the Old Aba Road by Mbano junction in Oyigbo Local Government Area on Wednesday, Governor Wike said all over the world, only the Commander-in-Chief has soldiers guarding him.

He regretted that in Nigeria, the authorities have made it a practice to allocate soldiers to politicians, who are in the good books of the Federal Government, with such soldiers used for undemocratic actions against the people.

He said, “Who are those approving battalions of soldiers to politicians? If they don’t want soldiers to follow politicians, they should stop giving soldiers to politicians.

“It is only in Nigeria that soldiers follow politicians. They should stop soldiers from being security details to politicians. Somebody comes home and they will give him battalions of soldiers and they say soldiers should not hobnob with politicians.

“All over the world, it is only the commander-in-chief that is allowed to use soldiers. But here, you see soldiers following politicians everywhere.”

On the construction of Old Aba Road by Mbano Junction in Oyigbo Local Government Area, the governor assured the people of the area that the road would be completed on schedule.

The governor said that since the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government had refused to complete the East-West Road, his administration would continue to develop alternative routes to lubricate the Rivers economy.

Stressing that his performance has silenced the APC, the governor urged the people of the state to turn out en masse for the voter registration, so that they can vote out failed politicians.

Buratai Warns Soldiers To Avoid Politicians

Army Acquires 500 Hectares Of Land For University In BornoThe Chief of Army Staff, LT Gen. Tukur Buratai has asked soldiers and officers who may be interested in joining politics, to apply for voluntary discharge and leave the Army.

The warning, according to him, is coming against the backdrop of reports of officers and soldiers who are being approached by some individuals for what he describes as “undisclosed political reasons.”

In a statement by the Army spokesperson, Brigadier General, Sani Usman, the Army Chief warned officers and soldiers against involvement in politics or any activities that could constitute a breach of the constitution.

“Any officer or soldier of the Nigerian Army found to be hobnobbing with such elements or engaged in unprofessional conducts such as politicking would have himself or herself to blame.”

He says the Nigerian Army remains committed to upholding the nation’s constitution and therefore asked officers and soldiers to stay out of politics.

COAS Celebrates Christmas With Troops At The War Theater

COAS Celebrates Christmas With Troops At The War TheaterThe Chief of Army Staff has celebrated Christmas with officers and men of the Nigeria Army prosecuting the war in the security threatened northeast states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.

In Yobe state, the Military Head of Logistics, Major General Pat Akim, represented the Chief of Army Staff to military locations in Goneri and Buniyadi which are currently prosecuting the war in the state.

He reaffirmed to the troops that the highest military hierarchy and Nigerians appreciate their efforts at the war front and tasked them never to relent as the war would soon be won.

Major General Pat Akim, while at the two battalions was received at the quarter guards by officers and men of the battalions in line with military traditions.

He informed the troops that the war on terror would soon be over courtesy of their resilience, while he praised them for their doggedness in the fight, saying reports from Sambisa forest indicates that the final stronghold of the insurgents have fallen.

“We have just been informed that the strongest place the insurgents are currently claiming ownership (the Sambisa forest) has been captured.

“With this development, the insurgents cannot lay claim to any territory as we speak and all these are courtesy of your dogged efforts which we cannot compromise any longer.

“We are really happy and proud of your achievements and we will do everything possible to make your stay here in rounding off the war a huge success” he said.

Nigeria Army, he said is at the verge of winning the war and there would be no retreat no surrender in the battle until it is won. He then charged them never to take chances.

The Army general took time off to inspect equipment and facilities at the various battalions and praised their sacrifice and commitment to their fatherland.

He noted that the top officers’ decision to celebrate Christmas with them was to give them a sense of belonging and mark of appreciation for their patriotism.

The Commandant of the 27th Taskforce Brigade headquarters in Buniyadi, Brigadier General Emmanuel Ekwesi, thanked the military hierarchy for the initiative saying it would go a long way in boosting the morale of the troops who he said are focused on seeing that the insurgents are woefully defeated.

“This visit will in no small measure boost the morale of the troops who are in the theater of the war and let me at this point thank the COAS for the initiative which has given us a sense of belonging.

“Let me on behalf of the troops assure that we will not relent in anyway in prosecuting the war to its logical conclusion,” Brigadier Ekwesi said.

The troops held a camp fire night and other outdoor activities in observance of the Christmas celebration while troops of the Yobe State Council for Arts and Culture were on hand to add colour to the occasion.

 

Eradication Of Insurgency Is Attainable – Tukur Buratai

Tukur BurataiThe Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, on Wednesday said the eradication of insurgency in northeast Nigeria is attainable.

He, however, added that the process will be a gradual one that requires the support of other security agencies.

Speaking during a tour of formations in the 2 Division of the Nigerian Army, General Buratai confirmed that the suicide bomb blasts in Umarari-Molai in the outskirts of Maiduguri, Borno State as an act of desperation from what is left of the Boko Haram terrorists.

The Army chief made the declaration on Wednesday while addressing journalists at the 4 Brigade Headquarters of the Nigerian Army in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

Committed To Ending Insurgency

Speaking earlier at the Adekunle Fajuyi Cantonment, Odogbo in Ibadan, General Buratai noted that the intensity of the onslaught against terrorism has been increased and this has resulted in the noticeable reduction of attacks in the northeast.

Although, it may seem unending to many Nigerians who have had to cope with the consequences of the Boko Haram terror, he added that the military was committed to ending the insurgency.

“Terrorism is a global phenomenon. It may seem unending but I want to assure you that here in Nigeria, we are working hard to ensure that the Boko Haram terrorists are completely eliminated. We still have some remnants of them but we are closing up and clearing them by the day,” he said.

Boko Haram Will Be Completely Eliminated In Nigeria – Buratai

ArmyThe Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, says he is confident that Boko Haram will be eliminated in Nigeria, as troops fighting insurgents in the northeast are doing so with utmost commitment and renewed zeal.

He gave the assurance on Tuesday at the office of the Oyo State Governor during his one-day familiarisation tour of the Two Division of Nigerian Army, Adekunle Fajuyi Cantonment, Odogbo in Ibadan.

According to Buratai, the intensity of the onslaught against terrorism has been increased and this has resulted in the noticeable reduction of attacks in the region.

Although, it may seem unending to many Nigerians who have had to cope with the consequences of the Boko Haram terror, he added that the military was committed to ending the insurgency.

“Terrorism is a global phenomenon. It may seem unending but I want to assure you that here in Nigeria, we are working hard to ensure that the Boko Haram terrorists are completely eliminated. We still have some remnants of them but we are closing up and clearing them by the day,” he said.

Citizens’ Support

Buratai, however, stated that for the country to totally wipe out the terrorists, it required the support of the citizenry while stressing that the “insurgents live among the people and they are everywhere”.

Army“This requires intelligence to fish them out. But the most important thing is to get them out, and prevent them from building the capacity to launch attacks on innocent individuals and indeed on our troops.

“In the long run, it will require a long term planning, long term surveillance and long term intelligence gathering so that the remnants can be picked, apart from those that will show up with their weapons, which we are dealing with right now,” Buratai said.

The Army chief attributed the success recorded in the war on terror to the political commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari, the government, the leadership of the military and the troops on ground as well as support from Nigerians.

ArmyHe said that the Motorbike Battalion established by the Nigerian Army had added more capacity and the ability to move quickly to wherever insurgents were.

In his remark, the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, who was represented by his deputy, Moses Adeyemo, expressed delight at the recent feat achieved by the Army in suppressing the insurgents.

He urged the military not to relent until peace is restored to all affected areas.

Earlier at the Two Mechanised Division, Adekunle Fajuyi Cantonment, the General Officer Commanding, Major General Laz Ilo, led the Chief of Army staff to commission a newly built single officers transit chalet and an 18-bedded Buratai chalet at the cantonment.

Suicide Bomber Hits Gombi LGA, Adamawa

adamawaThere has been a bomb blast at Gombi Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

Two male suicide bombers, one dressed as a female, carried out the attack on a market in Gombi town.

Eyewitnesses told our correspondent that seven people were killed with many injured but this is yet to be officially confirmed.

The attackers set off the explosive devices as some vigilantes attempted to stop them.

Gombi had been captured by insurgents in 2014 but was recaptured by the Nigerian military.