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The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Wednesday embarked on operational tour of troops’ locations in the theatre of operations against insurgency across the North East.

Nigeria News Agency reports that in all the locations visited, Buratai interacted with the officers and men.

While addressing troops in Super Camp 1 at Molai and the Special Forces Super Camp 12 in Chabbol near Maiduguri, he expressed his appreciation and that of President Muhammadu Buhari for their commitment, dedication and sacrifices to the nation.

Buratai emphasised the need for officers and men of the Army to reinvigorate their efforts and to hasten the defeat of insurgency in Nigeria.

He also directed the troops to train, prepare adequately and brace up for the final onslaught and eventual defeat of Boko Haram/ISWAP’s insurgency.

The COAS assured the troops that their additional operational needs would be provided in a couple of days, adding that the Army had already taken delivery of more fighting equipment procured by the Federal Government.

“Gentlemen, I’m aware you have conducted many successful operations, you have also suffered setbacks especially in recent times.

“You must ensure it is not repeated. You should prepare adequately for the next phase of the counter insurgency operation in our beloved country.

“Other issues expected of you will be communicated to you by your respective Commanders soon,” he stated.

NAN reports that among the locations visited by the COAS in addition to the two super camps included the Forward Operating Base at Alau Dam, outskirts of Maiduguri.

He also accompanied the troops on patrol to Mairimari Forest located southeast of Tamsu Ngamdua in Mafa Local Government Area of Borno State.

Similarly, the patrol went through Maigilari Forest in the east of Tamsu Ngamdua in the southwest of the same Mafa Local Government Area.

These areas are generally known as the routes and directions of approach into Maiduguri by the terrorists.

A major highlight of the tour was the inspection of various military stores, hardwares and other assets including artillery, motar, anti aircraft guns, multi barrel launchers, armoured personnel carriers and many gun trucks among others in all the visited super camps.

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz
(NAN)

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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.  

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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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Buratai hosts troops to Easter luncheon in frontline

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The Chief Of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has hosted the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole to Easter lunch at the Special Super Camp, Ngamdu, Borno.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the luncheon was in keeping with the tradition of feasting with the troops in the frontline during festivities by the Chief of Army Staff.

While addressing the troops on Monday, Buratai said: “We are here today to have special lunch in respect of 2020 Easter celebration.

“This morning, our Christian brothers had special prayers for all of us and we appreciate that.

“This afternoon, we are also coming to have this lunch, to thank Almighty God for bringing us to this point alive as soldiers, as a country, and of course in this our counter-insurgency operation.”

He assured the troops that the army would soon crush the terrorists in the North East, while pointing out the complex nature of counter-terrorism operations.

“You may wonder why this counter-terrorism operation lingered for too long but we all know globally that counter-terrorism is very complex.

“There are some countries that have fought insurgency for close to 50 years. Well, we are not going to wait until 50 years to end this.

“As such, we are here, we will not leave this camp until we substantially degrade these criminals God’s willing,” he said.

Earlier, the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD), Maj.-Gen. Farouk Yahaya, thanked Buratai for his continuous support for the troops at the frontline.

Yahaya also stated that the presence of the COAS in the frontline was a morale booster for the troops.

He, however, pledged the commitment of the troops to prosecuting the war against insurgency to its logical end.

According to him, the Easter luncheon is in recognition of the gallant contribution of the troops to the war against terrorism.

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Insurgency: Buratai relocates to North East

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has relocated to the North East to oversee and direct the overall operation in the theatre of operation.

Buratai would also oversee and other army operations across the country.

The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, disclosed this in a statement.

He said that Buratai disclosed this while addressing the troops of Special Super Camp Ngamdu in Kaga Local Government Area of Borno on Thursday.

According to him, the COAS had been on operational tour to troops’ locations in the North East Theatre of Operation since April 4.

“During the tour, he was at the Army Super Camp 1 at Molai and the Special Forces Super Camp 12 at Chabbal near Maiduguri on April 8 where he interacted with the officers and addressed the troops respectively.

“COAS was also at the Forward Operations Base at Alau Dam, and also personally led the troops on patrol round Mairimari and Maigilari Forests.

“The Nigerian Army wishes to reassure Nigerians that it is highly committed to protecting all law abiding citizens and defending our territorial integrity.

“Members of the public are requested to note that there is no any form of insecurity that can not be surmounted, and the Boko Haram/ISWAP’s terrorism will also end in the nearest future,” he said.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has relocated to the North East to oversee and direct the overall operation in the theatre of operation.

Buratai would also oversee and other army operations across the country.

The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, disclosed this in a statement.

He said that Buratai disclosed this while addressing the troops of Special Super Camp Ngamdu in Kaga Local Government Area of Borno on Thursday.

According to him, the COAS had been on operational tour to troops’ locations in the North East Theatre of Operation since April 4.

“During the tour, he was at the Army Super Camp 1 at Molai and the Special Forces Super Camp 12 at Chabbal near Maiduguri on April 8 where he interacted with the officers and addressed the troops respectively.

“COAS was also at the Forward Operations Base at Alau Dam, and also personally led the troops on patrol round Mairimari and Maigilari Forests.

“The Nigerian Army wishes to reassure Nigerians that it is highly committed to protecting all law abiding citizens and defending our territorial integrity.

“Members of the public are requested to note that there is no any form of insecurity that can not be surmounted, and the Boko Haram/ISWAP’s terrorism will also end in the nearest future,” he said.

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Buratai urges troops to brace up for final onslaught on insurgents

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The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has tasked troops in the north east theatre of operation to braze up for the final defeat of insurgents.

Buratai gave the charge while addressing troops of Operation Harbin Kunama IV at Army Special Forces Super Camp Ngamdu in Kaga Local Government Area of Borno on Thursday.

The troops are on training at the army special super camp at Ngamdu.

He directed them to take their training seriously in preparation for the speedy conclusion of the war against insurgency in Nigeria.

The COAS directed the troops to take advantage of their new additional equipment and platforms to hasten the final defeat of insurgency in Nigeria.

He further enjoined the officers and men to ensure that the recent setback experienced does not deter them from defeating the terrorists.

According to him, with more commitment, courage and resilience insurgency will soon be history in our country.

“As you all know, we have been on this ground for long and I expect us to remain resolute, selflessly committed and push for the total defeat of the Insurgents in the coming days.

“I assure you that what is remaining is very small but it will require us to put more efforts, more determination and more courage to complete the remaining part of the battle soon.

“Recall that of recent, we had setbacks which must not be allowed to happen again. We will not allow any further casualties both in men and equipment,” he said.

Buratai however assured the troops of the provision of additional military hardwares and platforms to enhance the speedy completion of the ongoing war against insurgency in the North East.

He said that the Nigerian Army had taken delivery of more equipment and platforms that would be deployed to various theaters of operations across the country.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Buratai has been on operational tour to various troops’ locations in the North East theatre of operation since on Monday the 6th of April 2020.

He also visited Army Super Camp 1 at Molai and the Special Forces Super Camp 12 in Chabbol near Maiduguri on Wednesday.

The COAS was also at the Forward Operating Base at Alau Dam, outskirts of Maiduguri and also personally led the troops on reconnaissance around Mairimari Forest located southeast of Tamsu Ngamdua in Mafa Local Government Area of Borno State.

Similarly, the COAS went round Maigilari Forest in the east of Tamsu Ngamdua in the southwest of the same Mafa Local Government Area.

These areas are generally seen as the routes and directions of approach into Maiduguri by the Boko Haram/ISWAP Criminals.

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Buratai urges troops to brace up for final defeat of insurgency

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The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has tasked troops in the north east theatre of operation to braze up for the final defeat of insurgents.

Buratai gave the charge while addressing troops of Operation Harbin Kunama IV at Army Special Forces Super Camp Ngamdu in Kaga Local Government Area of Borno on Thursday.

The troops are on training at the army special super camp at Ngamdu.

He directed them to take their training seriously in preparation for the speedy conclusion of the war against insurgency in Nigeria.

The COAS directed the troops to take advantage of their new additional equipment and platforms to hasten the final defeat of insurgency in Nigeria.

He further enjoined the officers and men to ensure that the recent setback experienced does not deter them from defeating the terrorists.

According to him, with more commitment, courage and resilience insurgency will soon be history in our country.

“As you all know, we have been on this ground for long and I expect us to remain resolute, selflessly committed and push for the total defeat of the Insurgents in the coming days.

“I assure you that what is remaining is very small but it will require us to put more efforts, more determination and more courage to complete the remaining part of the battle soon.

“Recall that of recent, we had setbacks which must not be allowed to happen again. We will not allow any further casualties both in men and equipment,” he said.

Buratai however assured the troops of the provision of additional military hardwares and platforms to enhance the speedy completion of the ongoing war against insurgency in the North East.

He said that the Nigerian Army had taken delivery of more equipment and platforms that would be deployed to various theaters of operations across the country.

Nigeria News Agency reports that Buratai has been on operational tour to various troops’ locations in the North East theatre of operation since on Monday the 6th of April 2020.

He also visited Army Super Camp 1 at Molai and the Special Forces Super Camp 12 in Chabbol near Maiduguri on Wednesday.

The COAS was also at the Forward Operating Base at Alau Dam, outskirts of Maiduguri and also personally led the troops on reconnaissance around Mairimari Forest located southeast of Tamsu Ngamdua in Mafa Local Government Area of Borno State.

Similarly, the COAS went round Maigilari Forest in the east of Tamsu Ngamdua in the southwest of the same Mafa Local Government Area.

These areas are generally seen as the routes and directions of approach into Maiduguri by the Boko Haram/ISWAP Criminals.

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz
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Gorgi attack: Buratai pledges adequate care for wounded soldiers

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Sunday visited the recuperating troops who were wounded during recent encounter with insurgents at Gorgi area of the state.

The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col Sagir Musa, in a statement on Sunday, said the soldiers are recuperating at the 7 Division Medical Service and Hospital in Maiduguri.

Musa said the visit was the second in recent time, adding that the COAS had earlier sent the Chief of Training and Operations (CTOP) Army Maj.-Gen Enobong Udoh, to visit them.

According to him, the visit followed an encounter in Gorgi area and the resultant various degrees of injuries sustained by some troops of Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole on March 22.

He disclosed that some of the wounded have been evacuated to 44 Reference Hospital Kaduna for more specialised treatment and management.

Musa added that Buratai was accompanied by some principal staff officers from Army Headquarters as well as the Theatre Commander, Maj.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya among others.

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Buratai applauds Special Forces battalion at Jaji

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The Chief Of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Thursday visited the Special Forces Battalion on training at the Nigerian Army School of Infantry (NASI) Jaji to assess its level of the training.

The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, in a statement on Thursday said the training comprised of elements of the 81 Battalion and newly formed 198 and 199 Special Forces Battalions.

Musa said the COAS enjoined the trainees to make the best use of the special training and new skills acquired which will be useful in the course of their current and future deployments.

According to the Army spokesperson, the rigorous special training was facilitated by the Starter Point Integrated Services.

“Buratai was visibly impressed with the level of organisation, discipline and training which border on tactics, skills at arms, rescue operation, first aid, navigation, surveillance as well as survival skills.

“The trainees were equally elated to see the COAS in their midst.

“They promised to give in their best as they look forward to their deployment in any part, – within or outside Nigeria.

“To further demonstrate the importance of physical fitness to military profession, the COAS led the troops to special forces’ push ups where the troops again became proudly excited,” he said.

Musa quoted the Commandant of NASI, Maj.-Gen. Kevin Aligbe as saying, “the officers and soldiers of these special units commenced the training on Jan. 20.

“The training which is for three consecutive months would be rounded off in the next two weeks”.

The Army spokesperson further disclosed that Buratai also inspected the Nature Conservation Area project initiated by NASI.

The Conservation Area, according to him, which is being developed within a themed park-zoo would provide a place for curiosity, research, leisure and entertainment when completed.

He said that the COAS also inspected ongoing projects at the Martin Luther Agwai International Leadership and Peacekeeping Center.

Musa added that Buratai visited the Command Engineering Depot Kaduna and inspected various locally made armoured fighting vehicles at different levels of completion.

He added that COAS commended and enjoined the Commander and his staff to keep up the ingenious work which have saved the Nation huge amount of foreign exchange that would have been spent on importation of similar vehicles.

“This feat is in furtherance of the Federal Government’s Local Content Policy and the necessity of the service to manufacture some of its war fighting equipment especially that the same equipment are not easily acquirable in the open/international market,” be said.

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Buratai salutes troops, urges more commitment

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has lauded the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD) for their gallantry in the recent encounter with Boko Haram terrorists in the Northeast.

Buratai gave the commendation when he visited the troops at Goniri in Yobe and Gorgi in Borno States, the Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, Col. Aminu Iliyasu, disclosed  in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

He was represented by the Chief of Training and Operation, Maj.-Gen. Enobong Udoh.

At Goniri, Buratai  informed the troops that the army, and indeed the country at large were proud of their gallantry, patriotism and professionalism demonstrated in service to their fatherland.

He also informed them that President Muhammadu Buhari was proud of their gallantry, patriotism and resolve to defend the territorial integrity of Nigeria.

According to him, the president has given assurances of his continous support to them in the area of their welfare and equipment.

Buratai also enjoined them to remain focused on the task at hand towards ensuring total decimation of  remnants of the terrorists group and effectively ending  their criminal activities.

According Iliyasu, the COAS presented each of the troops with welfare items including, brand new pair of desert camouflage uniform as part of efforts to keep the troops motivated.

Iliyasu disclosed that Buratai also visited the troops who sustained various degrees of injuries during the encounter at Gorgi at the 7 Division Medical Services and Hospital in Maimalari Cantonment in Maiduguri.

He said the Commander of the Hospital, Col. Abudu Omogbethai, informed COAS that a total of 61 troops comprising seven officers and 32 soldiers were currently receiving attention at the hospital.

“This is in addition to a total of 29 soldiers comprising of four officers and 25 soldiers who unfortunately paid the supreme price.

“The chief of army staff then proceeded to visit all the wounded troops at the various hospital wards where they were being treated.

“During the visit, the chief of army staff commended the wounded troops for their gallantry and patriotism in the service of the nation.

“He assured them that all necessary measures will be taken to guarantee their expeditious recovery while also praying that the souls of our departed colleagues rests in perfect peace.

“Some token welfare items including new uniforms were equally distributed to all the wounded soldiers to further motivate them,” he said.

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Buratai explains continuous involvement of troops in internal security operations

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, says the need to confront criminal elements with superior fire power informed the continuous involvement of troops in internal security operations.

Buratai gave the explanation while presenting a paper: “Civil-military Relations: A New Paradigm of Military Engagement in Nigeria.”

The army chief spoke on Tuesday in Abuja at a two-day Capacity Building/Retreat by House of Representatives Committee on Defence in Abuja.

It was organised by the committee in collaboration with Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC) and Centre for Strategic Research and Studies of the National Defence College.

Represented by Maj.-Gen. Usman Mohmammed, the Chief of Civil Military Affairs, Buratai said that the army continued to conduct internal operations in response to threats to peace and security.

He said that the army was doing that a secondary responsibility, saying that the police, supported by  Department of State Services (DSS) was suppose to be the lead agency on internal security.

According to him, the reasons for army’s continuous involvement include the perceived challenges associated with the police which possess limited firepower, comparable to the criminals.

“Secondly, the aforementioned reason has further led to loss of confidence in the police to decisively restore law and order, especially during insurgency and banditry activities, hence the concerted calls for the involvement of the military in internal security operations.

“Thirdly, the imperative to be proactive in order to save lives and property has compelled the military to become more involved in internal security operations and avoid further degeneration of crises situations.

“Lastly; the changing nature of conflicts from inter-state to intra-state as well as the fact that military is part of the community and participating in internal security operations is a secondary role,’’ he said.

Buratai said that the insurgency in the North East and banditry in the North West were the most potent threats to security of the country at the moment.

Those threats, he said, though internal, had necessitated a substantial deployment of the military to quell them.

According to him, the attendant effects of these threats include humanitarian crises, displacement leading to influx of refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), large number of fatalities, food shortages and inadequate medicare among others.

“These crises have inadvertently stretched the capacity of the Nigerian Army in terms of adequate manpower to decisively support the lead agencies on internal security to deal with these threats,’’ he said.

The army chief said that the primary responsibilities of the military, according to the constitution were to defend Nigeria from external aggression, maintain its territorial integrity and secure its borders from violation.

He explained that the need for Civil Military Relations (CMR) was further strengthened by the continuous involvement of the army in internal operations vis-a-vis other humanitarian services.

According to him, the army having been involved in statecraft and political control of the country for over 30 years has also faced great challenges as regards professionalism.

“The participation of military in governance resulted in wrong perception of the military as members of the armed forces were viewed by the civil populace with lots of suspicion and disdain even after a democratically elected government came into power in 1999.

“Therefore, the need to build trust, confidence and erase the negative perception of the military necessitated the establishment of a directorate which later transformed into the department of Civil Military Affairs.

“This is in line with international standard and best practices vis-a-vis the Nigerian Army effort aimed at correcting the mistakes of the past as well as bridging the existing gaps with the civil populace in order to foster a peaceful co-existence,” he said.

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Insurgency battle needs to be taken to terrorists’ enclaves – Zulum urges Buratai

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Gov. Babagana  Zulum of Borno has called on the Nigerian Army to take the ongoing war against insurgency in the North East to the insurgents’ enclaves to clear the remnants of the terrorists in the region.

Zulum, made the call when he visited the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai on Monday in Abuja.

The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday.

Zulum disclosed that his visit was aimed at cross-fertilisation of ideas that would help to improve on the counter insurgency/ counter terrorism operations in the region.

He called on governments at all levels to support the military maximally to enable them carryout their tasks of protecting the nation.

The Governor stated that there was need to strengthen Civil-military relations and foster synergy between and among security agencies, adding that the Borno people and the army had common objective.

He expressed optimism that terrorism would soon be a thing of the past.

Zulum however, commended the military for its commitment to tackling the numerous security challenges bedevelling the nation, especially insurgency and terrorism in the North east

He also thanked the Federal Government and the military for their supports to the people and the government of the state while soliciting for more support and cooperation to ensure the successful prosecution of the war.

Responding, Buratai lauded the Governor for his dynamic approach to governance as well as the determination to finding an enduring solution to insecurity in the state.

He also thanked the governor for all his supports especially to the troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE deployed in Borno.

According to him, Borno has high prospects for human capacity development that could be developed for the benefit of Nigeria and other parts of the world.

He also expressed the hope that the state would return to its glorious position of peace and prosperity in the near future.

Buratai urged the Borno government to take into consideration the reintegration, de-radicalisation and employment of repentant members of the Boko Haram sect as the nation heads towards the final phase of the war against insurgencyterrorism.

He expressed the hope that the lifting of ban on fishing activities on the Lake Chad basin would help business activities in the area and Maiduguri metropolis to bounce back.

Buratai also acknowledged the injection of members of the Civilian Joint Task Force in the fight and commended their efforts and that of other security agencies,

He reiterated the readiness of the Nigerian Army to continue to work with its counterparts in the neighbouring countries to ensure that the war is brought to a logical end.

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Buratai pledges more opportunities for women in Army

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Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has assured that the Nigerian Army would continue to encourage women to participate in different operations across the country.

Buratai gave the assurance when the Leadership of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) FCT Chapter, paid him a courtesy visit on Thursday in Abuja.

The delegation was led by the Chairperson of the Chapter, Mrs Stella Okoh-Esene, as part of their advocacy in commemoration of the 2020 International Women’s Day.

Buratai disclosed that with the establishment of the Nigerian Army Women Corps, the service had given more women the opportunity to discharge their constitutional roles effectively.

He said that many female personnel had participated in different army operations across the country, adding that many of them had performed credibly in those operations.

According to the COAS, the army is a gender sensitive institution and the rights of women have remained sacrosanct, parts and parcel of the Nigerian army’s focus both on our operations and general administration.

“I want to assure you that the theme of the 2020 International Women’s Day is quite apt as you mentioned, Gender Equality Realising the Rights of Women.

“We have realised the importance of women in the army a long time ago but now we are putting them into their proper perspectives of proper roles.

“Since the establishment of the Nigerian Army Women’s Corps, they have participated virtually in all the roles being performed by the men.

“They actively participated in a show of force in the nation’s security, they have participated in Operation Harbin Kunama, Crocodile Smile and even Operation Lafiya Dole.

“I want to assure you that we will afford the women in the Nigerian army equal opportunity and we have long realised and accorded them their rights,” he said.

Buratai, however, urged the women to empower themselves financially, educationally and strategically to be able to fight for equality and contribute to the development of the country.

He added that the army would continue to discharge its constitutional responsibility in protecting the territorial integrity of the country and support the civil authority.

Earlier, the Chairperson of NAWOJ said the visit was in commemoration of the International Women’s Day week to reflect on achievements of women.

Okoh-Esene said that NAWOJ deemed it necessary to appreciate the Nigerian army for fostering peace in the Northeast in particular and the country at large.

“We are here to support your office in solidarity for the giant strides that have been achieved in conflict resolution and security matters in Nigeria.

“Nigerian women are asking for equality, equity, development and peace but let’s ask at this juncture that can we have all these in a war-torn country?

“We know we are not where we aught to be in terms of security but I make bold to say that we are not where we used to be.

“It behooves on us women professionals in the forth estate of the realm to acknowledge the role of the military in fostering internal peace and protecting our territorial integrity.

“We acknowledge your role in paving way for the inclusion of more women in the military and we acknowledged the way you have remained undaunted in the face of challenges as you continue to map out strategy toward defeating our common enemy.

“It will also be our delight to see insurgency, banditry, kidnapping and others crushed to the barest minimum if not completely wiped out,” she said.

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Buratai tasks IBB golf club on grooming young talents

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has called on the leadership of IBB International Golf and Country Club to work towards grooming young golfers in Nigeria.

Buratai made the call when the Vice Captain of the club, Sen. Emmanuel Anosike, led a delegation on a courtesy call to Army Headquarters on Wednesday in Abuja.

He said that there was need to look at upcoming golfers so as to groom them from early stages.

According to him, if we can catch them young right from schools, I am sure we can produce the likes of Tiger Wood in this country.

Buratai said that Nigerian army would continue to support the efforts of the club to develop golf in the country.

He added that the army and IBB golf club had maintained long standing, mutually beneficial friendship.

The COAS said that the army was ready to collaborate with the club in all activities relating to golf in Nigeria and internationally.

He disclosed that the army was working towards transforming its club to complement the effort of IBB club.

“The army headquarters and indeed all our golfers across the country are pleased to relate with you and we look forward to much more closer relationship.

“We have a quite number of golfers and just as you requested, I want to encourage them to have the permanent membership of the IBB International Golf and Country Club here in Abuja,” he said.

Earlier, Anosike said the visit was to show appreciation for the support of Nigerian army to the club and all golfers in Nigeria.

Anosike called on all senior officers of Nigerian army to subscribe to full membership of the club instead of the corporate membership they currently hold.

He said that IBB club had the best golf range in Nigeria and pledged to offer the facility to army golfers.

“We also have more kitties in a week which you are encourage to always come and play.

“What we need to do is to build up this relationship of interaction between the two clubs,” he said.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the delegation presented the trophy of its Independence tournament to the COAS during the visit.

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Buratai lauds DHQ over defence logistics procedures

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has lauded the Defence Headquarters Logistic Team for its effort towards putting measures in place to ensure improvement in the logistic business within the armed forces.

Buratai gave the commendation when the delegation of Villa Team, Vertically Integrated Logistics Approach, led by its leader, Maj.-Gen. John Zaruwa (rtd), paid him a courtesy visit on Tuesday in Abuja.

Buratai, who was represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans, Lt.-Gen. Lamidi Adeosun, said the team made presentations and explained the products of what they had been doing for almost four years.

According to him, the presentation is to make sure that the armed forces gets its logistic programme right.

He assured that all the observations and recommendations proffered would be looked into in decision making.

Earlier, Zaruwa disclosed that their visit was to make presentation of their activities to the leadership of the army.

The Chief of Defence Logistics, Defence Headquarters, Maj.-Gen. A.O Shodunke, and other principal officers from DHQ were part of the delegation.

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Army will emerge victorious against enemies of our national peace ,security— Buratai 

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, says  Nigerian army in collaboration with sister services will emerge victorious against enemies of national peace and security.

 

Buratai stated this during the Nigerian Army Special Day at the 41st Kaduna State International Trade Fair on Saturday in Kaduna.

 

Nigeria News Agency reports that the army chief was represented by Chief of Policy and Plans, Lt-Gen Lamidi Adeosun .

 

“I assure you all of the commitment of the Nigerian Army (NA) in collaboration with other security agencies to always emerge victorious against the enemies of our national peace and security.

 

“Specifically, few days ago, our troops deployed in Damboa, Borno state, recorded a resounding tactical victory against the evil forces of Boko Haram who dared the superiority of our forces,” he said.

 

According to Buratai, the main objective of the military participating in the trade fair is to make the Nigerian army a people’s army with versatility in fighting the enemies of Nigeria and food security on the other hand.

 

He explained that the Nigerian army, besides its primary role in defending the territorial integrity of Nigeria, was also involved in fighting insurgency in Northeast part of the country and other internal security matters.

 

“Through the establishment of some army units such as Nigerian army farms and ranches, these outfits not only serve the interests of the Nigerian army personnel but also avail its products and services to the general public at relatively affordable prices,” he said.

 

He stated that the Nigerian army post service housing development limited, the command engineering depot as well as Nigerian army property limited and Nigerian army welfare limited by guarantee also serve similar purposes.

 

He commended   the Kaduna state Chamber of Commerce,  Industries, Mines and Agriculture for the huge standard attained in this year’s edition of the fair.

 

He said that the platform provided one the best opportunities to interact and enlighten the civil populace about the constitutional roles of the Nigerian army in contemporary times.

 

He also commended efforts of the Defence Industrial Cooperation of Nigeria (DICON) in collaboration with the Command Engineering Depot (CED), under the leadership of Maj. Gen. Victor Ezugwu, for the historic research, development and production of EZUGWU, the first indigenous Mine Resistant Ambush protected vehicle using seventy per cent local content.

 

“The strategic alliance between DICON the CED  has led to the local production of patrol vehicles, bullet proof vests, ballistic helmets and most importantly mine and IED clearance equipment,” he said.

 

Buratai also called for patience, understanding, support and prayers from Nigerians, saying that the much expected victory which came from God alone would be ours.

 

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2019 WASA: Nigerian Army will continue to harness cultural affinity to tackle national challenges–Buratai

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The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. -Gen. Tukur Buratai,  said that the Nigerian Army would continue to use the West African Social Activities (WASA) as a cultural affinity to wax stronger and tackle national challenges.

He said this  at the combined WASA organised by the 81 Division and the headquarters of the  Nigerian Army Engineers which ended late on Saturday at the Bonny Cantonement, Victoria Island.

The COAS said that the cultural affinity preached by WASA would serve as a cohesive force that would stand and face the challenges confronting the country.

“This is a complete Nigerian community, there’s nobody or there is no culture or tradition that is not present in virtually every barracks and cantonment of the Nigerian Army.

“We always use this opportunity to harness these cultural affinities for us to wax together as a single community, not only to administer ourselves within the barracks.

“Also, it is to serve  a cohesive force that will stand and face all the challenges confronting our country,this is quite unique and this is what we stand to always foster,” he said.

The Army Chief also said, “In order to ensure unity in our country,inorder to ensure we have the best interms of community integration, cultural integration and of course cultural development.

“We will continue to foster this very important unifying factor within the Nigerian Army and, indeed and  by extension, within  the Nigeria society,” he said.

Buratai also urged the  commanders of different units to promote the bond of unity and understanding, saying that it was the only way to sustain professionalism in discharging their constitutional responsibility.

“I want to urge all commanders to,  at all times, ensure that this bond of unity is always promoted.

“And this is how we will continue to sustain the professionalism and responsiveness in the discharge of our constitutional responsibilities,” he said.

He also tasked the officers on continued loyalty, dedication and discipline.

“I want to urge all the officers and men to remain loyal to the government, remain dedicated, remain disciplined and be your brother’s keepers,” he said.

He added that such occasions as the WASA,  also called for a  reflection, especially, in adminstrative and operational activities.

Also,  Maj.-Gen. Olubunmi Irefin, the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 81 Division, in his opening speech said that though the outgone year was challenging in training, it brought about positive gains.

“The 2019 training activities, though challenging, was very interesting for  the Nigeria Army.

“And for the  81 Division Area of Responsibility,   all the various training exercises programmed for the year were successfully held as scheduled with positive gains,”he said.

Irefin noted that the successes achieved in 2019 would be leveraged on in 2020.

Also, Maj.-Gen. JS Malu, the Corp Commander, Nigerian  Army Engineers said that it would double its efforts in line with the COAS strategic directives which aimed to sustain professionalism.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the COAS, who is the special guest alongside senior officers toured the various stands.

The Yoruba cultural troupe performed the Sango (god of iron) act where fire was oozing out from the mouth of the ‘diety’ to the admiration of all the guests.

Also,   the Nupe,Igbo, Hausa/Fulani cultural troupes performed at the occasion and were applauded.

The tug of war which featured the senior officers and magajias saw the magajias winning.

No fewer than 25 officers from different units within the 81 Division received various awards  for their outstanding performance interms of discipline commitment and professionalism in the outgone year.

At 6p.m, the beating of the retreat (a ceremony where flags are usually  lowered to signify the end of the year activities) and lightning of the camp fire was conducted by some soldiers.

NAN reports that WASA is an age long event in the Nigerian Army which dates back to the Allied Forces, World War II.

It was designed for officers and soldiers to celebrate with their families and friends and thank God for an eventful year because victory is from God alone.

The event had in attendance the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Western Naval Command, the Air Officer Commanding (AOC), Nigeria Air Force, Logistics Command, commanders of various units and retired top army officers.

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