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Buratai debunks statement on troops non commitment to fight Boko Haram

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Burutai debunks statement on troops non commitment to fight Boko Haram

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Lt.- Gen. Tukur Buratai, The Chief of Army Staff, on Monday dubunked statement attributed to him that troops were not committed to fighting Boko Haram.

Buratai debunked the statement at a  Joint news conference by the Army and the Borno Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, at the Government House, Maiduguri.

The COAS said most of the report were exaggerated by the media, describing it as “mere propaganda”.

 “There is no  way when you’re in conflict, you don’t have casualty, we have casualties. When necessary we give out these figures , the problem is that most of our journalists are not contented with what the military gives .

“They believe that the figure is far more than that.”

“Up till today, people are still quoting the Metele attack of last year to be 300; some 400 and some 500 of our men killed.

“We have given out the correct figures but some are still quoting the wrong figure because they don’t want to believe us,” he said.

He said that the Journalists believed more on the figure being given through hearsay, warning that the press must be careful when reporting issues of National security.

“We have to be very careful, national security, defence and Security are not issues you just talk about and if you go along that way, you will be the victim and first victim for that matter because National Security is not a matter of joke and it’s not a matter of blame game .

“You should not blame the military for whatever set back or problem; it’s a collective responsibility.

“Some newsmen went to the extent of distorting facts by quoting me out of context.

“War against insurgency is a collective one, it is for all but some journalists are fond of promoting Boko Haram insurgents.

War against terrorism is a global war, if you support terrorism, it will one day consume you,” he warned.

“Military operations are different from mere activities of may be, vigilante or even the paramilitary or other forces.

“You don’t just give out information because you want to give out information because somebody is interested.

“Military operation activities or even personnel are all classified, they are not for public consumption unless if they are absolutely necessary to gain confidence as well as to promote our own collective efforts in securing our country,” the COAS said.

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Buratai tasks personnel on equipment handling

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has tasked officers and soldiers undergoing Main Battle Tank Training at Nigerian Army Armour School, Bauchi, to exhibit proficiency in the handling of war equipment.

The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, in a statement on Thursday, said that Buratai made the call while on visit to the school on Wednesday.

One hundred and fifty five officers and soldiers were currently undergoing training for competent commanders, crew men, drivers and technicians at the school.

Buratai expressed satisfaction on the quality and level of training, commitment and discipline of the participants.

According to him, they should continue to learn in order to efficiently operate the new platforms in readiness for deployment into the mission areas.

While I commend your efforts to the training, let me warn that you must operate/handle the new equipment proficiently. We will not accept cowardice, sabotage or inefficiency under any guise whatsoever.

“You must maintain high standards of professionalism, effectiveness and discipline in whatever roles they might be assigned or deployed to,” he said.

The Army Chief commended the Commandant, instructors and staff of the school for a good job and directed the participants to cooperate fully in order to apply the knowledge effectively in the war front.

They course participants commended the inspiring leadership of Buratai and his efforts in the struggle to end terrorism in Nigeria.

They assured him of their unflinching support and commitment to bring terrorism to an end while leveraging on the newly acquired equipment.

Buratai also assessed the accommodation of some soldiers in Shadawanka Barracks, 33 Brigade Bauchi whose roofs were destroyed by rainstorm on which repairs are already ongoing.

“The construction and renovation of accommodation for personnel of the Nigerian Army is equally ongoing in most of the Nigerian Army Barracks across the country just like in Lagos, Jos, Enugu and Portharcourt.

“Instructively, some of the accommodation works have already been completed and commissioned especially in Lagos, PortHarcourt and Abuja areas,” he said.


Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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Buratai lays foundation for construction of Nigeria army reference hospital in Maiduguri

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The Chief of Army Staff (COAS),Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Monday laid the foundation for construction of 200-bed-capacity Nigerian Army Reference Hospital in Maiduguri.

Buratai said while commissioning the project that the establishment of the hospital would be of immense benefit, not only to the military, but also to the people of the Northeast.

He said that Nigerian army was committed to ensuring welfare of its personnel  and their families,  including families of deceased colleagues.

“We are gathered here today to give boost to our effort  by providing effective and efficient healthcare services to personnel, their families, as well as the  public within the northeast,”he said.

He explained that the evacuation of personnel  to military reference hospital in Kaduna had often resulted in loss of valuable time, especially in emergency cases, in addition to the stress the  patients went through during movement to access medical care.

“It is on this premise that the Nigerian Army decided to construct the 200 bed capacity hospital to provide tertiary level care to our troops ,as well as their families and the good people of the Northeast,” he said.

The COAS said that the hospital, when completed, would be adequately staffed and equipped to meet international standards..

“Let me use the medium to commend the officers and men of the Nigerian army for their gallantry in their various operations across the country.

“I must say that they have made remarkable progress in fight against ‘Boko Haram,’ISWAP, and other criminal elements in the country.

“I urged our gallant troops to keep it up and remain professional in performing our constitutional responsibilities,” he said.

The COAS urged relevant stakeholders to support the initiative to enable speedy completion of the projects.

Buratai commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his continued support to the Nigerian Army and Gov. Babagana  Zulum of Borno for approving  the land for siting of the project.

In his remarks,  Zulum said that establishment of the hospital would boost the health care requirements and welfare of troops and their families.

Represented by his Chief Of Staff, Alhaji Babagana Wakil,  Zulum said  the laudable project would not only meet the health needs of the troops but also that of members of the  public.

“It  will  also serve as a morale booster,as well as strengthen the civil-military relationship and add value to the development of the northeast,” he said.


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma (NAN)

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Buratai inspects local construction of combat vehicles in Maiduguri

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai has inspected ongoing manufacture and repairs/overhaul of combat vehicles including Armoured Personnel Carriers and mine resistant anti Ambush Protected Vehicles (MRAPs) by Army Engineers in Maiduguri.
The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, said this in a statement on Saturday.
Musa said that the work was being carried out at the 107 Division Equipment Support in Maimalari Barracks, Maiduguri.
He said that Buratai has been in the North East Theatre of Operation since April leading the fight against terrorism.
He said That Buratai was accompanied by the Chief of Training and Operations (Army), Theatre Commander Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Chief of Logistics (Army), Chief of Military Intelligence and Acting General Officer Commanding 7 Division among others.

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Buratai inaugurates 195 family units accommodation for troops in Kaduna

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The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Wednesday  inaugurated 195 tastefully furnished family units accommodation for troops in Kaduna.

The News Agency of Nigeria report that out of the 195 buildings, 180 one-bedroom flats were for Corporals and below, while 15 two-bedroom flats were for Senior Non Commissioned officers.

The COAS was represented at the inauguration of the remodeled and renovated soldiers accommodation at Ribadu cantonment in Kaduna by Commandant, Nigeria Defence Academy (NBA), Maj.-Gen Jamil Sarhan.

Buratai restated that the Nigerian Army, under his leadership, places high premium on the welfare of troops and their families.

He added that the Army would spare no effort or resources in making sure personnel are not only provided the right tools for the job, but also provided a convenient environment for their families.

“This commitment to troop’s welfare has led to a series of initiatives we have embarked upon to impact directly on troops and their families

” The Barracks Investment Initiative that l lunched, has continued to provide the barrack communities with entrepreneurial opportunities.

“Our schools upgrade programmes are also geared towards improving the quality of education and creating conducive learning environment for our children.

“We have also vigorously pursued our hospital modification programmes which have significantly improved access and healthcare delivery to troops and their families,” the COAS said.

Buratai noted that the depth of commitment to troop’s welfare was demonstrated by the fact that the buildings are not only renovated, but also tastefully furnished.

He explained that the evolving face of the barracks was to, among other initiatives, motivate officers and men to greater productivity and improved efficiency.

The COAS thanked the Federal Government for enabling the Army to meet its needs despite competing demands and challenging economic situation in the country.

“As  a result of this support, the NA is today better equipped than at any other time in its history,” he said.

He explained that the gesture is manifesting in the improved operational efficiency of the troops in the northeast and other theaters of operation across the country.

Buratai, however, urged the beneficiaries to reciprocate the kind gesture of the government by maintaining the buildings and promoting environmental sanitation of the barracks.

He also called on the soldiers to take advantage of all the facilities and conducive environment provided for them to give their children the best care and upbringing.

“This will enable the children to compete and have a place in the future of this country,” he said.

Earlier, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division Nigeria Army, Maj.-Gen Usman Muhammad said accommodation in any organisation is one of the factors that boosts the morale of the workforce.

Muhammad noted  that the Army has made it imperative for all personnel to be centrally accommodated in its cantonments and barracks in order to ensure the safety and security of the personnel and their families.  

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Buhari condoles with Chief of Army Staff, Buratai, over mother’s death

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday had a telephone conversation with the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Yusuf Buratai, commiserating with him over the passing of his mother, Hajiya Hauwa Yusuf Buratai.

Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s spokesman in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, quoted the President to have condoled with all members of the family, praying that the almighty God would receive the soul of the departed matriarch, who lived a pious, prayerful and generous life.

President Buhari also prayed that the almighty God would comfort Lt.-Gen. Buratai, who has been at the epicentre of war against terrorists in North East, urging the family to find solace in Hajiya Hauwa’s good works.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of Globacom, Dr Mike Adenuga Jnr, has also sent condolences to the President over the death of Malam Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to the President.

Adenuga described the deceased as a “great patriot whose love and self-sacrificing dedication to the interest and progress of our country remained noble and intense until his death.’’

In the condolence letter, Adenuga said:

“Although Malam Abba Kyari is no longer with us, his brilliant contributions and impeccable legacy will last forever and continue to remind us all of the need to do our best for family and country during our brief sojourn on earth.’’

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Buratai continues operational tour of troops’ locations in NE

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has continued with his operational tour of troops’ locations in the North East.

This is in continuation of the efforts at ensuring the final defeat of terrorists Boko Haram/ISWAP in the region.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Buratai has been in the theatre for over three weeks visiting different front lines.

His visit is to ensure that troops are well positioned in terms of the right equipment and platforms to unleash final onslaught against the terrorists.

He had on April 15 charged the troops to go all out on final showdown to stop and eliminate the Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists from the country.

He called on the troops to be brave and committed to achieving the set objective of the mission, adding that it was time to flush out the terrorists.

According to him, we are right here right now to carry out our solemn and righteous constitutional duties.

“We are here to flush out these criminals who have been terrorizing and killing innocent and law abiding Nigerians.”

At the Theatre Command Setup Headquarter, Buni Gari in Yobe on Saturday, the message was not different.

While inspecting the platforms, the Army Chief urged the troops to handle the artillery weapons properly in line with all laid down principles.

He also tasked the handlers of the weapons to ensure they hit the target at once as well as proper handling of all other fighting equipment.

In recent time, the Nigerian army troops have recorded successes against the terrorists in different locations such as the Buni Gari where over 105 terrorists were eliminated on April 18.

Similarly, an attempt by the terrorists to invade Geidam town also in Yobe on Monday was thwarted by the troops leading to killing of over 13 terrorists and recovery of two gun trucks and six AK47 rifles among others.

All these encounters are devoid of serious casualties on the side of the troops.

Edited By: Mustapha Lamidi/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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NYCN says Buratai’s relocation to N/East will bring victory in insurgency fight

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National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) says war against Boko Haram has recorded tremendous boost following relocation of  Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, to the Northeast.

President of NYCN, Mr Solomon Adodo, in a statement on Monday in Abuja, said Nigerian youths received with ecstatic jubilation, the news of the massacre of 105 guerrilla fighters of the dreaded Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorist group.

It would be recalled that Buratai on Sunday, visited and hailed the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole for their gallantry in an encounter that led to the killing of the terrorists at Buni Gari in Yobe state on Saturday.

The visit was a follow-up to the successes recorded by the troops in neutralising many of the terrorists that attempted to attack Buni Gari Village in Gujba Local Government Area.

Adodo, however, said the relocation of Buratai to the northeast was all the soldiers needed to neutralise the remnants of Boko Haram fighters.

“It should be recalled that we expressed commendation for the chief of army staff on his relocation to take direct command and control of the theater of war in the northeast.

“Our confidence was further strengthened and with the strategic move, the end is in sight for the terrorist group.

“This lethal blow is definitely one in the series of sequential defeats Boko Haram will suffer till they are totally obliterated.

“We herein salute the courage and sacrifices of the troops of the Nigerian army and urge them not to relent as our fervent prayers and total support is with them,” Adodo said.

He however called on Nigerians to desist from denigrating and casting aspersions on the Nigerian army and on the pristine image of the Nigerian military.

The NYCN boss noted that the Nigerian military needed all the support from Nigerians to prosecute the war on terrorism to the finish successfully.

“The successes being recorded by the military further gives credence that President Muhammadu Buhari relied on the best security/military intelligence in extending the tenure of the current Service Chiefs.

“The NYCN therefore uses this medium to pass a resounding Vote of Confidence on the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces – President  Buhari and the entirety of the Military Chiefs.

“The end of Boko Haram is here and with the fine experience of the current crop of Military Chiefs, total victory is closer than hitherto anticipated,” Adodo added.

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Buni Gari attack: Buratai hails troops for gallantry, successes against

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has hailed the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole for their gallantry in an encounter that led to the killing of 105 terrorists at Buni Gari in Yobe state on Saturday.

Buratai gave the commendation when he visited the troops at the Field Ambulance Logistics Base 3 Damaturu and Special Forces School in Buni Yadi on Sunday.

The visit was a follow-up to the successes recorded by the troops in neutralising many of the terrorists that attempted to attack Buni Gari Village in Gujba Local Government Area of the state on Saturday.

He visited the two soldiers who were wounded in action and other soldiers already on admission at the medical facility in Damaturu before proceeding to the Special Forces’ School in Buni Yadi.

He was briefed on the incident by the Commander, Sector 2 OPLD, Brig.-Gen. Lawrence Araba.

Araba informed him that the recent success was as a result of intelligence report which revealed plan by Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists to attack the village.

He said that the troops swiftly intercepted and engaged the criminals in fierce battle that led to the killing of 105 Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists as well as recovery of several equipment from the terrorists.

The Commander disclosed that the number of those terrorists that were neutralized was confirmed following exploitation operation conducted.

The exploitation, according to him, also confirmed the following items were captured from the insurgents which include five AK-47 Rifles, three GPMG, one Duska Anti Aircraft Gun, one PKT Gun, while one terrorists’ gun truck was destroyed.

He added that several ammunition and ammunition links, two hand grenades, two handheld radios, two magazines with ammunition and assorted hard drugs were also recovered.

While assuring the troops of his support, he charged them to double their efforts to ensure speedy defeat of terrorism in Nigeria.

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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Buratai charges troops on final onslaught on Boko Haram/ISWAP

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has charged the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD) to go all out on final showdown with the Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists from the country.

Buratai gave the charge in his message to the officers and men of OPLD on the Final Clearance of Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists on Thursday in Ngamdu, Borno.

He called on the troops to be brave and committed to achieving the set objective of the mission, adding that there was no better time than now.

According to him, we are right here right now to carry out our solemn and righteous constitutional duties.

“We are here to flush out these criminals who have been terrorizing and killing innocent and law abiding Nigerians!

“Officers and men of the Nigerian Army owe it a duty to save our country from the menace of terrorists, bandits and all forms of criminalities.

“We owe it a duty to the Nigerian people and to President Muhammadu Buhari, for the confidence he has reposed in us to achieve the mandate the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has given us.

“We owe it a duty to serve our fatherland and protect our fellow country men and women.

“Ours is a professional calling, a call to serve our dear country; a call to defend the territorial integrity of our fatherland, which we must all be proud of.

“We must also be proud of our calling as professional soldiers and patriots,” he said.

Buratai, however warned the troops that there was no room for the chicken-hearted, adding that the Nigerian Army of today was for the committed, disciplined, patriotic and selfless officers and soldiers.

He added that “there is no room for cowardice and no room for the lily-livered ones.

“From now on, it is forward ever backward never! The sacrifices of our fallen heroes must never be in vain! Nigerian Army officers and soldiers have no cause to despair as ours is a noble and patriotic cause.

“It is a cause we must all be proud of.

“Gentlemen gallant commanders all levels, you must hold firmly to your officers and men and you must instill confidence through your words and actions. In order to win the trust and confidence of their subordinates, commanders must never show fear or fatigue.

“If they do that, they will lose all moral authority to lead and command their men. You cannot and must not take men and equipment into battle without situating it, without putting yourself through the whole course and playing out all the likely scenarios you may encounter and diligently working out all possible options.

“We must be committed and fastidious. We must consider and workout the minutest details, factors and all possible outcomes in all our operations.

“Let me reiterate and restate here that I have confidence in all my officers. I have confidence in all my commanders and I have confidence in you gallant soldiers of the Nigerian Army,” he said.

The army chief urged all officers to always think out of the box and beyond the box.

He charged them to move out and bring the war to a positive end, saying that victory is from God alone.

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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