Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has ordered the soldiers serving in the North-East of the country to redouble their efforts in ensuring aggressive operation against Boko Haram so as to end insurgency in this yuletide season.
Buratai, who made the call in a message to the troops, disclosed plans to join the troop in the axis before the end of the year to motivate and positively influence the ongoing operations.
He stated that the plan to end the activities of Boko haram during the yuletide season was to ensure that all troops return to Barracks in 2017.
While the officers await his presence, he said no enclave should be left cleared because that was the only strategy they could remove the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists completely from the region.
He “I, hereby, want to reassure all troops that I intend to return everybody to Barracks in 2017 only leaving behind a strong, highly mobile, effective and motivated force that will continue to do the good work that we have already started,” he added
“This is with a view to having a colourful end of year and peaceful Yuletide in the North-East and indeed Nigeria. I urge all commanders to plan and embark on effective patrols, raids, ambushes and deliberate attacks in conjunction with other Services especially the Nigerian Air Force and Nigerian Navy, to rescue all those abducted by the terrorists.
“I also wish to remind all troops that captured and surrendered Boko Haram terrorists must be treated humanely and fairly and in strict accordance with the provisions of International Humanitarian Law and Laws of Armed Conflict,” he said.
“I wish to reiterate that December is a month of decision. It is either we succeed in clearing the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists or we continue to live in perpetual circle of their atrocities in the North-East..
The chief of army staff also called on the troops to remain focused, disciplined, loyal, dedicated and patriotic to their duties and to President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He also commended the soldiers for their sacrifice, commitment, loyalty and courage in the service of their fatherland.
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