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January 28, 20203min580

 

Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Tuesday stormed Maiduguri, Borno State, the epicentre of war against boko haram, commending the troops for their bravery and unrelenting war against insurgents.

Buratai who mixed nd mingled with troops of Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD) freely, charged them not to relent in their onslaught against Boko Haram insurgents until they are completely defeated.

Speaking to the 156 Task Force Battalion, Buratai said recent succés against the terrorists and recovery of gun trucks and weapons from them on Sunday in the area was a boost to the ongoing counterinsurgency campaign.

He reassured them of  government’s commitment to providing adequate equipment to the troops so as to maintain the current tempo of operation with a view to ending insurgency in the shortest possible time.

“You have done and are still doing your job professionally and this must be maintained,” he praised the ttroops.

“We have a lot of individuals, a lot goodwill as well from across the country and a lot of distractions as well but these distractions must not hinder  your operations. We have a sacred responsibility to  our country.

“The military profession, the profession of arm is a noble profession and you are the only ones that can do this Job because you have signed to sacrifice your comfort, your time and if need be, pay the supreme price.

“You must remain focused, you must remain firm, you must maintain the determination to bring this madness by  criminal elements of Boko Haram or whatever they call themselves to an end.

“On this note, I must congratulate you on the feat you have done yesterday and you must continue to clear their doubt and deal with them decisively,” he said.

Buratai also reassured the troops of improved welfare package in 2020, as well as those of their families in their various barracks, urging them to be proud of serving their country.

Agency reported that he inspected the gun trucks sized from the terrorists by the troops on Sunday as well as the cache of weapons and ammunition and other items recovered from them during the encounter.

He also visited the wounded troops at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital where he went round the various wards to encourage the victims reports say.

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