Amid Renewed Attacks, Buratai Insists Army Will Crush Boko Haram, Bandits

A file photo of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.

 

 

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has insisted that the Nigerian Army, in collaboration with other security agencies, would soon crush all the enemies of national peace and security.

He stated this in spite of the rising cases of attacks by the Boko Haram terrorist group in the North East, as well as banditry in the North West and other parts of the country.

The army chief gave the assurance on Saturday at the Nigerian Army Special Day at the 41st Kaduna State International Trade Fair in Kaduna.

He disclosed that the army recently recorded resounding tactical victory against the terrorists during an onslaught at their camp in Damboa, Borno State and other parts of the north-east zone.

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Buratai, who was represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans, Lieutenant General Lamidi Adeosun, reiterated the commitment of the army to crushing the enemies of the Nigerian state through an effective collaboration with other security agencies.

He explained that the main aim of participating in the trade fair was to further foster civil-military relations with the army.

The army boss, however, called for patience, support, and understanding of Nigerians in the effort to overcome the security challenges.

He added that the much-expected victory required the collective effort of all, in addition to divine intervention.

Buratai stressed that apart from its primary role of defending the territorial integrity of the country, the army was prepared to contribute to the nation’s economic development through the invention of locally made military hardware and armoured vehicles.

The highpoint of the event was the display of the first indigenous mine resistant ambush protected armoured vehicle, also known as Ezeugwu, and other military equipment produced by the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON).

It’s Just A Matter Of Days To End Boko Haram Menace, Says Buratai

A file photo of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.

 

 

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, believes troops will soon end the menace of Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP).

He stated this in a letter to troops deployed in Operation Lafiya Dole Theatre Command and addressed to the Theatre Commander, Major General Olusegun Adeniyi.

“I am more confident now than ever before with your current robust posture that you will end the BHT/ISWAP menace in no distant time,” the army chief was quoted as saying in a statement on Friday by the acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa.

He also urged the troops never to allow the terrorists any breathing space or freedom of action anywhere as they continue to discharge their legitimate duties.

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Buratai congratulated the theatre commander, sector commanders, super camps commanders, commanding officers, as well as the officers and soldiers serving in Operation Lafiya Dole for their gallantry.

He thanked them for their renewed efforts which he said manifested in the successes recorded and brought more confidence and hope in the troops by Nigerians.

The army chief stated that he had foreseen that with the renewed zeal, it was just a matter of days to end the menace of Boko Haram terrorists and contain their criminality.

He stated that his confidence in total victory has further been rekindled by the dogged determination of the troops on the ground and reminded them that they would achieve the goal without any foreign troops around.

Buratai further showered encomiums on the troops and their commanders for the display of courage, gallantry and patriotism in the course of operation.

According to him, this led to the decimation of the leadership and ranks of the criminal Boko Haram terrorists and their affiliate ISWAP in various parts of the theatre.

The army boss said he has never been so happy and proud of the troops in their concerted efforts of ending the menace of the insurgents.

He, therefore, urged them to continue to dominate the theatre and maintain a high standard of professionalism.

Buratai assured the troops of his continued support, adding that the government would continue to provide the needed support for them to enable them do more.

PHOTOS: Sanwo-Olu, Buratai, Others Attend Lagos City Marathon

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu exchanges pleasantries with the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Burutai during the Lagos City Marathon on February 8, 2020.

 

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai joined other dignitaries to attend the 2020 Lagos City Marathon.

The race, which kicked off in the early hours of Saturday at the National Stadium, Surulere, took participants through the Lekki roundabout by the Ikoyi-Lekki link bridge up to the Eko Atlantic City, Victoria Island, which was the finishing point.

In the men’s category, Kenya’s David Tumo came first after breaking the Marathon’s record finishing after two hours, 10 minutes and 23, while Debeko Dakamo and Paul Chege came second and third respectively at the fifth edition.

Also, Kenya’s Cherop Sharon Jemutai became the first female to cross the finish line, while Kebene Urisa came second and Tanui Jekporir emerged third in the female category.

The first, second and third positions went home with the cash prizes of $50,000; $40,000 and $30,000 respectively.

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Army Committed To Improving – Buratai

A file photo of Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.
A file photo of Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.

 

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, on Friday, said the Nigerian Army is committed to the training and retraining of its personnel to be more proficient and well-equipped to carry out its constitutional role.

The army chief disclosed this at a passing-out ceremony at 241 Recce Model Battalion, Nguru in Yobe State.

A total of 452 young officers, comprised of 26 females and 426 males had attended a three months training with the Battalion.

Buratai, who was represented by the Director of Training in the army headquarters, Major-General Abdusalami Bagudu, noted that the orientation course is to equip the young officers on various aspects of regimentation, leadership and weapons-handling.

The army chief also noted that the training will enhance the troops on operational efficiency in combating the security challenges confronting Nigeria.

The Commanding Officer, 241 Recce Model Battalion, Colonel Edwin Ugorji, added that the three months training acquainted the officers on raid operation, ambushes, communication, map reading and field craft.

 

 

Army Deploys 185 Troops To Guinea Bissau On Peacekeeping Operation

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A file photo of Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai

 

The Nigerian Army has deployed 185 officers and soldiers to Guinea Bissau on a peacekeeping mission.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, announced this at an event on Friday in Kaduna State.

Buratai was represented by Major General Kelvin Aligbe at the passing out ceremony of the troops from the Martin Luther Agwai Peacekeeping Centre in Jaji.

This comes ahead of their departure to Bissau, the Guinea Bissau capital as they are expected to depart Nigeria immediately after their induction.

Aligbe warned the troops that the Nigerian Army would not tolerate any act of cowardice or professional misconduct during the operation in the West African country.

He advised the contingent to abide by the rules of engagement, exhibit braveness as professionals, and to also respect the cultural sensitivity of the people of Guinea Bissau.

The army chief’s representative reminded the soldiers of the United Nations’ zero tolerance for drug trafficking and human rights abuse.

He asked them to avoid indecent characters capable of tarnishing the image of the Nigerian Army and the nation in general.

The Commandant of the Martin Luther Agwai Peacekeeping Centre, Major General James Ataguba, also spoke at the event.

According to him, the training is in line with the Nigerian Army Headquarters’ desire to ensure that troops receive the needed robust and theatre-specific pre-deployment training prior to their induction into peacekeeping missions.

Ataguba was confident that the high level of enthusiasm and cohesion exhibited by the soldiers and officers would reflect on their operational conduct abroad.

He disclosed that the troops were deployed following a 4-week special training in preparation for their induction into the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Guinea Bissau.

VIDEO: Buratai Dares Insurgents, Climbs ‘Dreaded’ Gwoza Hills In Borno

The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai recently climbed the dreaded Gwoza hill in Borno State, an enclave notorious for habiting Boko Haram terrorists.

In a gesture that appears to be daring the terrorists in their hideout, as well as shoring up the people’s confidence in the military, Buratai climbed the hills in the symbolic defeat of the insurgents.

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Buratai after climbing the hills assured the people of Gwoza that areas, where the insurgents hibernate, have been identified.

He vowed that the army will ramp up operations to clear them out.

This action by the Chief of Army Staff follows the outcry of Borno residents who believe Boko Haram insurgents are lurking around the mountain.

Gwoza was liberated from the hands of insurgents in March 2015 after serving as the caliphate of the insurgents for many months.

Nearly five years after, indigenes are still unable to settle down to their normal lives and livelihood with the fear that Boko Haram insurgents can fire missiles from behind the mountain into the town.

Army Resolves Land Dispute In Taraba

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Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, speaks to reporters in Abuja (file)

 

The Nigerian Army says it has resolved its age-long land dispute with residents of Serti in Gashaka local government area of Taraba State.

Speaking during the West African Social Activities Day on Friday in Taraba, Commanding Officer, 20 Model Battalion Serti, Sani Adamu, said the resolution was handled by the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai.

At the same event, the traditional ruler of Gashaka Kingdom, Zubairu Hamman-Gabdo thanked Buratai “for his magnanimity” in resolving the dispute. 

“I want to use this medium to inform the people of Gashaka that the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai holds this community in high esteem,” Adamu said in his speech.

“And as such, the lingering problem that has been on for many years in this unit that was yet to be solved has just recently been solved with the permission granted by the Chief of Army Staff to let go of the encroached barrack land and for us to take possession of the compensated land that was given by the Gashaka Local Government Council in collaboration with the Gashaka Emirate Council. 

“This information was sought just three days ago when I was with the Chief of Army Staff in Yola. And I find it necessary to put it on record on a day like this that we have both our royal fathers and also our mother in our presence. So to you people of Gashaka, I want to say a very big congratulations; and we thank you for your patience and understanding.”

Security Chiefs Brief Buhari, Buratai Absent

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday received security briefing from the nation’s Service Chiefs in Abuja.

The President met with the top military men in the country at the Presidential Villa in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The services chiefs were led to the meeting by the Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (rtd).

Those present include the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar; and the Chief of Naval Staff, Ibok Ekwe Ibas.

Others are the Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu; and Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Mr Yusuf Bichi, among others.

However, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, was absent but a senior officer of the Nigerian Army sat in his place.

Government officials also present were the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha; and the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno.

Before the meeting started, the service chiefs exchanged pleasantries.

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Buratai Asks Troops To Redouble Efforts In Fighting Insurgents

A file photo of Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.

 

 

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, says the Nigerian Army is consolidating on the gains of several years of intensive the fight against insurgency and tackle the security challenges confronting the nation.

He made the remarks on Saturday while commissioning some projects at the 23 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Gibson Halo Cantonment in Yola, the Adamawa State capital.

Buratai, therefore, urged the troops to diligently uphold and perform their responsibilities of protecting the territorial integrity of the country.

He also challenged the troops in various theatres of operation to remain steadfast and continue to discharge their duties professionally.

The army chief commissioned three key projects which include an entrepreneurship and skills acquisition centre for women and youths in the barracks and host communities, the Accident and Emergency Unit at the Military Clinic, as well as a foundation laying of a perimeter fence in the barracks.

He applauded the 23 Brigade for establishing the Skills Acquisition Centre and other projects being commissioned.

Buratai said the projects were in line with his vision of repositioning the force for greater performance.

He affirmed that the army has continued to place premium on the welfare of its troops and their families, hence the intervention in such areas.

Buratai, however, urged the troops to redouble their efforts and rededicate themselves to service as they collectively defend the territorial integrity of the nation.

He was accompanied to the barrack by the General Officer Commanding 3 Division, Major General Nuhu Angbazo, and other senior army officers.

Governor Umaru Fintiri who was represented at the event by his deputy, Crowther Seth, commended the military in securing the state.

Major General Angbazo, on his part, believes the projects will enhance the welfare of the troops.

In his welcome address, the Commander of 23 Brigade, Brigadier General Sani Mohammed, spokes about some of the courses to be taken at the skills acquisition centre.

The transit accommodation is expected to assist in facilitating the general administration of large number of officers and soldiers coming to the North East, who use the cantonment as a transit camp.

Other dignitaries at the event included traditional and religious leaders, state government officials and politicians, as well as some of the students that would be admitted into the Skills acquisition centre.

Be Professional In Fighting Insurgency, Buratai Tells Troops

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

 

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai has asked troops of the Nigerian Army to display more professionalism and responsiveness in the discharge of their constitutional roles.

In his Christmas message to his men, Buratai commended all officers and men participating in the insurgency war in the north east and other operations across the country and abroad.

He however challenged them to remain steadfast and sustain the momentum in the fight, while restating what he described as his passion for troops’ welfare.

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According to the COAS, President Muhammadu Buhari has extended his full support to the Armed Forces to bring all ongoing operations to logical conclusion.

Speaking further, the Army Chief called on the troops to display more spirit of bravery, doggedness and loyalty, urging them to maintain the momentum and remain steadfast.

Insecurity: Buhari Commends Army, Pledges Better Welfare

 

President Buhari giving the opening speech at the annual Chief of Army Staff Conference in Kaduna on December 3, 2019

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has praised the Nigerian Army for its efforts against insecurity across the country while pledging to improve personnel welfare for every military personnel and their families.

The President said this during an opening speech delivered at the Chief of Army Staff Conference in Kaduna on Tuesday.

“I am highly impressed with the conduct of operations that continue to flush out the terrorists from their enclaves,” President Buhari said. “I ask you to sustain these great efforts.”

However, he noted that his government was “aware of some of the challenges” particularly in the area of training, manpower, barracks infrastructure and healthcare for armed forces personnel and their families.

He stressed that the federal government is committed to the armed forces’ welfare. 

“Let me again reiterate our government’s resolve to do everything within its constitutional power to ensure the security and safety of law-abiding citizens,” he said. “This is a commitment we have made and will continue to keep.”

Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (Rtd); Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, and the Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashil were all present during Buhari’s speech at the conference.

The conference is an end-of-the-year opportunity for the army to evaluate its activities for 2019 and develop strategies for its 2020 activities.

This year’s theme is “Application of the Cutting Edge of the Nigerian Army in Tackling Contemporary Security Challenges.”

In his speech, President Buhari also commended the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant Gen. Tukur Buratai, “on his efforts to transform the Nigerian army.”

“He has keyed into the federal government’s change agenda,” Buhari said. “I particularly commend his thrust in the critical areas such as the innovative and inventive approach to produce military hardware, infrastructural development, restructuring and reorganisation, among others, with significant results.

“This government will continue to support the army to sustain these laudable initiatives aimed at repositioning you to deal with contemporary security challenges and to achieve a modern army of the future.”

Buratai Supports Matawalle’s Peace Move With Bandits In Zamfara

File Photo: Zamfara state governor, Bello Matawalle and Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai

 

The efforts by Zamfara state governor, Bello Matawalle, to restore peace through dialogue with bandits has received more boost from the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.

General Buratai, during a visit to the governor, reiterated the Nigerian Army’s resolve to fully support the ongoing peace process between the Government of Zamfara State and the bandits to succeed.

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In a statement by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, General Buratai expressed confidence in the peace process as an opportunity for the unrepentant bandits to lay down their arms and key into the peace process.

He used the opportunity to call on the bandits to hand over their weapons; otherwise, they will be faced with aggressive and offensive operations.

The Army chief who recently paid a visit to troops fighting bandits, cattle rustlers, kidnappers and armed robbers in 1 Brigade Area of Responsibility charged them to decisively deal with unrepentant criminals.