Buratai Lays Foundation Of Military Battalion In Southern Kaduna

Buratai Lays Foundation Of Military Battalion In Southern KadunaThe Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has laid the foundation stone for a military battalion in Kafanchan, the headquarters of Jemaa Local Government Area of the state as part of effort to end Southern Kaduna crisis.

Speaking during the ground breaking ceremony, General Buratai said that the decision to establish a military formation in the area was in line with the mandate of the military to protect the territorial integrity of the nation as well as providing internal security of lives and property of the citizens.

He warned that the Nigerian military will not spare anyone or group that is behind the restiveness in the area, and assured residents that the presence of the Army in Southern Kaduna is basically to restore peace.

The atmosphere was that of joy and optimism as the people rolled out their drums to celebrate the ground breaking ceremony for the building of a military formation in the area.

For too long, the people have been faced with incessant attacks by suspected herdsmen, with many killed, injured and rendered homeless.

Asides the Army boss and the state governor, traditional rulers and other dignitaries were also present to perform the ground breaking ceremony.

The Army boss was optimistic that with the deployment of troops to the troubled communities, the present crisis will come to an end.

He also appealed to all the warring parties to sheath their swords.

“Anywhere that my troops were sent to maintain peace, it is part of my schedule to visit them and to see how they are carrying out their statutory functions in line with rules of engagement.

“The present crisis is coming to an end. Now, we have restored normalcy in the troubled areas. People have started coming back to their homes. I was in Ninte this morning. I saw the farmers and the Fulani. I spoke with them on the need to live in peace with one another.

“You can’t separate the farmers and the herdsmen. They have a long history of co-existence. So, they must live together. The better they live together the better for them and everyone,” the COAS said.

On his part, the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and the military authorities for deeming it fit to site a military battalion in Southern Kaduna.

He acknowledged that this will help in curbing the security challenges in the area.

He also reiterated that all those involved in the attacks that have claimed so many lives must be brought to book in order to serve as a deterrent to other criminal elements.

He assured Buratai of the state government’s commitment to fast track the deployment of troops by providing accommodation and other facilities for their operation.

“We thank President Muhammadu Buhari for approving the two military battalions in Kaduna South senatorial zone. We will provide military with facilities to deploy its personnel as many as they can to secure Southern Kaduna” the said.

Boko Haram Kills Soldier, 6 Others In Fresh Borno Attacks

Boko HaramAbout seven persons including a soldier, have been killed in both Bam and Gajigana villages of Biu and Magumeri local government areas of Borno State.

While unspecified numbers of teenage girls were abducted in Bam village, scores of people were injured in Gajigana village after insurgents set ablaze shops and houses without confrontation.

Bam is about 7 kilometres away from Buratai village the home town of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai.

Buratai’s village has suffered series of Boko Haram attacks including the razing down of a mansion owned by the Army General.

 

Nigerian Government Expresses Renewed Confidence In Armed Forces

armed forcesThe Security Council Meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan has ended with the Federal Government expressing renewed confidence in the Nigerian Armed Forces.

This is following the news that Yobe and Adamawa states have been completely liberated from the Boko Haram insurgency.

Briefing State House correspondents after the meeting, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Kenneth Minimah, said that the council commended the Armed Forces and looked forward to the reinstatement of the structures of government in the areas.

The Lieutenant General said that three local governments were still remaining, but shared the optimism that those areas would soon be liberated.

While responding to questions on whether elections would still hold on March 28, the Chief of Army Staff said that INEC would have to re-evaluate the areas that have been liberated and when the citizens have returned to their villages and the structures of government are reinstated, then INEC can allow them to execute their rights as voters.

He also confirmed that Nigerian Soldiers have advisers and instructors on the handling of the new equipment that have been deployed for the war against insurgency.

He prayed that the operations would be concluded before March 28 but also noted that in war situations, permutations don’t usually follow.

On the rescue of the abducted Chibok girls, Gen Minimah said that the terrorists fled with their families, but he was optimistic that details of their whereabouts would soon emerge.

Nigerian Army Says It Will Soon End Insurgency

Army boardThe Nigerian Army has reassured Nigerians that it will soon put an end to insurgency in the country with the cooperation of all Nigerians.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Kenneth Minimah, gave the assurance at an interdenominational service in Abuja, as part of activities marking the Nigerian Army Day celebration.

General Minimah restated the commitment of the Nigerian Army to defend the territorial integrity of the nation against all forms of aggression.

He condoled with Nigerians who have lost loved ones from attacks by militants and promised that the Army would never give up the fight against terrorism.

The Director of Chaplain Services of the Nigerian Army, Colonel Dawuk Danfulani, observed that the country was under siege by demonized persons. He, however, gave an assurance that the nation would come out stronger.

The Nigerian Army marked its annual week without the usual fanfare as it has indeed been trying moments for it.

The low keyed celebration had as its theme; Combating Current National Security Challenges Through Collective Efforts.

Although the event was low keyed, songs of praise were rendered by the parishioners.