Nigerian Army To Begin ‘Operation Rescue Finale’ In Northeast

Tukur Buratai Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant-General on Operation Rescue FinaleThe Nigerian Army says it is set to commence and execute another operation in the northeast nicknamed ‘Operation Rescue Finale’ aimed at rescuing persons still held hostage by Boko Haram terrorists.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, announced the plan on Monday in Owerri, the capital of Imo State, during the opening ceremony of the 2016 Chief of Army Staff Conference.

He says Operation Rescue Finale is a consolidation on the stabilisation phase of operations already executed in the area.

The Chief of Army Staff expressed the belief that a well planned and executed Operation Rescue Finale would bring about decisive elimination of the Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria’s northeast.

He said that even though the Nigerian army in the preceding quarters of the year 2016 faced daunting challenges, the Nigerian Army in its resolve would continue to discharge its constitutional roles towards ensuring peace and stability in the country as well defend the nation’s democracy and its territorial integrity.

The conference, holding at the Imo trade and investment Centre, was declared open by a representative of President Muhammadu Buhari, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal.

It has as its theme: “Consolidating on the gains of counter insurgency operations towards achieving national security”.

Mr Lawal assured Nigerians that with the renewed vigour and commitment of the Nigerian Army, terrorism and insurgency would soon become a thing of the past

 

Meanwhile, the governor of the state, Mr Rochas Okorocha, commended the Nigerian Army for the sacrifice and commitment to the protection of lives and property of all Nigerians and the protection of the Nation’s unity.

With the speech of the Army Chief, hopes were raised that the Operation Rescue Finale by the Nigerian Army would give hope to families of the Chibok girls and other families whose children might still be held captive by the Boko Haram terrorists.

The Nigerian Army says the choice of the southeast to hold this year’s conference is in consonance with the vision of the Chief of Army Staff to move the hierarchy of the Nigerian Army to dialogue with all regions of the country with a view to finding security solutions peculiar to the people.

It is also expected to x-ray the Operation Python Dance recently launched in the southeast with a view to make the Yuletide a pleasant one.

Attack On Vimtim: Defence Chief Insists Military Is Not Helpless

Alex-BadehThe Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh, has said that the attack on his hometown, Vimtim, is an attack on Nigeria and should not be seen as a sign that the Nigerian military is helpless as being insinuated. 

After a National Council of State meeting held on Tuesday at the presidential Villa in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, Mr Badeh told reporters that the military was doing its best to end the terrorism in the north-east.

On Thursday, there were reporters that the members of a terrorist group, Boko Haram, had overturn Vimtim, a town in Adamawa State.

The attack on the town occurred after reports that the group had taken over Mubi.

But after the Tuesday council meeting, Air Marshal Badeh told reporters that the attack on his village is an attack on Nigeria.

“That does not in anyway mean that the military is helpless as being insinuated in some quarters. The attack could have been on any part of Nigeria and it does not make any difference if it took place in Vimtim,” he said.

The National Council of State meeting was presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan while four former heads of state were in attendance.

They include Generel Yakubu Gowon, Mr Shehu Shagari, Mr Ernest Shonekan and Mr Olusegun Obasanjo.

After a briefing by the National Security Adviser, the council observed that the government was doing everything possible to ensure that the over 200 schoolgirls who were abducted from their dormitory at the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok in April were released safe and sound.

It called on security agents to add more venom to the fight against terrorism in Nigeria’s north-east.