•Decorates newly promoted senior officers
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has vowed that the Nigerian troops assigned for the counter-terrorism operations in the North East must complete the mandate of defeating Boko Haram terrorists by end of 2016.
Buratai gave this charge in Abuja on Monday during the decoration of the newly promoted senior Army officers from the rank of Colonel and above.
He assured that the ‘Operation Rescue Finale’ will continue as planned, despite resurgent but sporadic terrorist attacks that has led to the deaths of some officers and soliders including key Commanding Officers.
To this end, Buratai re-stated the directive that the “troop have been given until the end of the year to exterminate the terrorist remnants”.
He said: “Mr President support has remained strategic on our recent successes. We have decided to maintain the pressure from all fronts both in the North East and any part of the country on any form of insurgency and militancy to ensure that the country is saved.
“We have two of the GOCs who are in the North East, they are here with us. As soon as we finish from here, they have to go back quickly to finish the job up as earlier directed before the end of the year.
“Our troops are inside Sambisa and they are doing very well and we are very proud of them.”
Speaking on the promotion of senior officers, Buratai tasked them to remain loyal, dedicated and committed to the ethos of the military required to overcome the emerging security challenges of terrorism and militancy in parts of the country.
Earlier, the Chief of Administration, Nigerian Army, Maj-Gen. Adamu Abubakar, said lthe promotion came at a time, the Army has flushed out Boko Haram terrorists from Sambisa forest and have taken over all the previously captured lands in the North East”.
Abubakar also remarked that, “normalcy has returned to the North East and other part of the country.”
The Army Council last week approved the promotion of 227 senior officers from various ranks to the next higher ranks in the Nigerian Army.
The decorated officers were 21 Brigadier Generals promoted to Major Generals, and 93 Colonels elevated to the rank of Brigadier Generals including the Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Brig-Gen. Sani Usman.