By Ajogwu Jerry
In line with the vision of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai which is to “To have a professionally responsive Nigerian Army in the discharge of its constitutional roles”, TheNigerian News reliably gathered how the incumbent Army Chief was able to defeat Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) within three years.
Speaking at a reception organized for students and pupils from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and environ on Thursday, Buratai narrated how he was able to achieve these goals by encouraging fitness exercise within Nigerian Army hierarchy.
According to him, one of the best ways of ensuring a highly responsive military structure is by encouraging officers and troops to improve on their general health and well being.
“Within my first two months in office, I ensured that all officers that had potbellies trimmed down by engaging in exercise” he recalled.
Fielding questions from pupils at the occasion, Gen Buratai further narrated the importance of the media which he described as “watchdogs”.
He revealed that the Nigerian Army under his watch was able to defeat insurgency in the country by closing gaps between the media and front line troops.
Buratai, however, noted with dismay, unnecessary pressure sponsored by some Non-Governmental Organization (NGOs) notably, Amnesty International (AI) via a campaign of calumny in support of the insurgency.
He said all allegations sponsored by the destructive agenda of AI were false after proper investigation.
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The Army Chief stated that the once dreaded group of insurgents has been defeated while disclosing that “Boko Haram will never come back again”.
Buratai maintained that the other dimension of insurgency presently encountered in the country, the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) is a global issue however, troops are recording brilliant successes against the elements on daily basis.
The event had in attendance, Principal Staff Officers from the Army Headquarters, head of educational establishments, traditional rulers, pupils and students.