Counter terrorism in North-East: 3,000 troops so far rotated – Army chief

Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai [Photo credit: Naij.com]
Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai [Photo credit: Naij.com]

At least 3,000 of the troops involved in the ongoing counter insurgency operations in the North-East have so far been rotated, Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff, has said.

Mr. Buratai, a Lt.-Gen., disclosed this in an interview with journalists in Mafa, Headquarters of Mafa Local Government Area of Borno, after he visited troops of 112 Task Force Battalion located in the town.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the army chief was represented by David Ahmadu, the Chief of Training and Operations.

Mr. Ahmadu, a Maj.-Gen., who had lunch with the troops to celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir, reassured that the rotation of overstayed troops in the region would be a continuous exercise.

“Rotation of troops is routine and we have been doing that. In fact, so far, we have rotated almost 3,000 troops.

“I have just discussed with the Theatre Commander (Maj-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru), the plans he brought for the rotation was just approved last week and in the next one or two days, troops will be rotated again.

“It is a continuous exercise,’’ he said.

Earlier, in a Sallah message to the troops, the chief of army staff acknowledged their sacrifice in the ongoing operations to flush out the Boko Haram terrorists out of the nation’s territory.

“Our achievement in the restoration of peace and maintenance of security has been made possible through your unwavering commitment, dedication and gallantry.

“I urge you to remain focus in the task to consolidate our recent successes. I also urge you to remain loyal, focus and professionally responsive in the discharge of your duties.

“I want to reassure you of the unflinching support of the President and Commander-In-Chief, and the entire nation.

“The Federal Government is committed to the provision of all necessary welfare and logistics support required to perform our constitutional roles.

“The Nigerian Army high command will continue to provide you with the requisite leadership, welfare and logistics to boost your output and indeed the discharge of your responsibilities,’’ he said.

Also in an interview, the Caretaker Chairman of the Mafa local government, Bulama Goni, who took part in the lunch, appreciated the Nigerian army for relative security and peace in the area.

Mr. Goni said that inhabitants of the council were now able to engage in farming and other commercial activities because of the security being provided by troops.

He added that the people could go as far as 10 kilometres away from the town to farm because of adequate deployment of troops and other security agencies in the area. (NAN)


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  • The Nigeria military hierarchy do not want to accept the fact that they are fighting a losing battle against the Islamist Boko Haram. What started as a battle to smash a rag-tag of Islamists fundamentalist has raged on now for 7 years with a cost of millions of Naira and thousands of innocent lives lost. The military, just the government are afraid to tackle the root cause of the insurgency and the sponsors of this barbaric sedition. The military, since after the civil war is massively populated by the Northerners. In fact, the last freedom of information on the matter showed that the Nigeria military is comprised of 89.6% core Fulani-Hausa extraction.
    The undeniable fact is that the Boko Haram insurgency is the brain child of the Northern Muslim Establishment, nurtured to advance the cause of Sharia law. The AREWA Consultative Council, the real shadowy powers and sponsors behind Boko Haram have their sons and daughter in the military which have sadly be polarised between the authentic Nigeria army and the Boko Haram sympathetic faction.
    Based on this therefore, there is no amount of rotation that can be effective in combating the menace of these scumbags. Have we once sat to ask ourselves how Boko Haram is getting their arms and ammunition? Is the evil forest Sambisa now an ammunition manufacturing industry? Who is supplying the blood-thirsty bastards with food and medication?
    Until when the Nigeria army and the government stand bold enough to confront these basic question, all these balderdash about defeating Boko Haram and troops rotation will be a pointless charade.