•Says Nigeria doesn’t need foreign troops on ground
•As he is more confident of Nigerian troops to end insurgency, terrorism
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Nigerian Army, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has assured that the Nigerian military alone can effectively defeat Boko Haram terrorists and Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) in matter of days without the aid of foreign troops.
This was contained in congratulatory message and commendations via in a letter Buratai wrote to the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj-Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi.
Disclosed in a statement on Friday by the Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sagir Musa, the COAS commended the troops for the renewed efforts that brought more confidence and hope in the troops by Nigerians.
He also stated that he has foreseen that with the renewed zeal, “it is just matter of days to end the menace of Boko Haram terrorists and contain their criminality”.
He stated that his confidence in total victory has further been rekindled by the dogged determination of the troops on the ground.
“I am more confident now than ever before with your current robust posture that you will end the BHT/ISWAP menace in no distance time,” he assured.
He also reminded the troops that they have done it before, and they will do it again “without any foreign troops around.”
To this end, he congratulated the Theatre Commander, Sector Commanders, Super Camps Commanders, Commanding Officers, as well as the gallant Officers and soldiers serving in Operation Lafiya Dole, for what he described as their “gallantry that manifested in the unprecedented successes recorded in the Theatre recently”.
In the letter, the COAS further showered encomiums on the troops and their commanders for the rare display of courage, gallantry and patriotism that led to the decimation of the leadership and ranks of the criminal Boko Haram terrorists and their affiliate ISWAP in various parts of the Theatre.
An obviously elated Buratai, said that he has never been so happy and proud of the gallant troops in their concerted efforts of ending the menace of the criminal Boko Haram terrorists’ group and ISWAP.
He urged them to continue to dominate the Theatre and maintain high standard of professionalism. He also implored them never to allow the terrorists any breathing space or freedom of action anywhere as they continued to discharge their legitimate duties.
Buratai further assured the troops of his continued support and stated that “the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari is proud of their accomplishments and would continue to provide the needed support for the troops to enable them to do more”.