By Ajogwu Jerry
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai has applauded the recent defeat of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) by troops of the Nigerian Army.
Buratai gave the commendation in a special goodwill message to officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army on the successful completion of the Ramadan (fasting) season and the celebration of the 2019 Eid-el Fitr (Sallah).
The message reads in part:
“I heartily congratulate our Muslim faithfuls for successfully completing the mandatory fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.
“I hope we have all been spiritually rejuvenated to continue to discharge our constitutional roles and responsibilities.
“I want to use this medium to appreciate the doggedness and resilience of all Nigerian Army officers and soldiers in confronting the various security challenges bedevilling our dear country.
“Worthy of commendation is the professional conduct of troops in the dislodgement of Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) elements from Nigeria’s territory to the fringes of the Lake Chad Basin.
“The successes also recorded by troops deployed in the ongoing Op HARBIN KUNAMA III and all other internal security operations are commendable”.
Buratai encouraged the troops to sustain the tempo by strengthening efforts to completely eliminate all acts of insurgency, kidnapping, banditry, secessionists act and other form of security threat.
He also assured troops the support of President Muhammadu Buhari while promising them robust welfare packages to ensure they meet the best standards.