The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, has assured Nigerians that the war against insurgency will soon be over.
Attahiru said this when he visited troops of Sector 2 Operation Lafiya Dole of the Nigerian Army in Damaturu.
While addressing the soldiers, Attahiru assured them that dreaded terror group, Boko Haram, would be ended within a reasonable period of time.
He said, “We have come to Yobe State to meet you, to get to know you and you get to know us as well. We promised to end this issue of Boko Haram.
“I am bringing very special greetings from the President and Commander-in-Chief, he is fully briefed and aware of how and what you are doing.
“I will like to tell you that, I personally as the Chief of Army Staff I am here to take cognizance and note of the challenges you have and ensure that they are addressed to ensure you have the highest level of morale to be able to do your job and do it proudly as Nigerian soldiers.”
The COAS expressed that he was impressed with their performance so far, saying, “I am very pleased, your Commanders have told me what you have done collectively as part of ‘Operation Tura Takai Bango,” how you have pushed the Boko Haram Insurgents. We are so proud of you and I believe in the second phase of that operation you will do more.”
He said he was sure they will go out to the war front and push the insurgents so hard and bring this entire insurgency to an end.
He said, “All your challenges are noted and I will address all the problems.”
The COAS gave the assurance almost two weeks after President Buhari charged the service chiefs to secure the country before the rainy season.
He gave the charge shortly after decorating the new service chiefs with their new ranks at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to him, the service chiefs should strive to justify their selection in ongoing efforts to safeguard the country, especially as farmers are preparing for the rainy season.
The president said achieving the target has become imperative to enable farmers who had fled their farms in different parts of the country to garner the needed confidence to return to their farms.
He said, “I have accepted responsibility for your action on the field. It is up to you to identify your competent officers irrespective of seniority and paper qualification and deploy them to make sure that we secure this country.
“You have got a few weeks to do that because, by the rainy season, we expect people to develop confidence and go back to the land so that we don’t get into trouble by being away from the field and therefore unable to produce enough food for the nation.”