In line with the policy of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. T. Y. Buratai to ensure commitment to the welfare of officers and men of the Nigerian Army, a befitting Eid-el-Fitr Sallah luncheon was organised to celebrate Eid-el-Fitr Sallah with troops in Maiduguri.
The COAS said the luncheon was a mark of appreciation for the uncommon determination, hard work, resilience, sacrifices and patriotism of the troops in prosecuting the war on Boko Haram/ISWAP’s terrorism in the North east geo-political zone.
A statement issued by Colonel Sagir Musa, the acting director, Army Public Relations , Nigerian Army , Sunday night said the COAS expressed his gratitude and indeed that of the Nigerian Army to the president, C-in-C, President Muhammadu Buhari and the governors of Borno and Yobe states for their support.
Buratai also appreciated the troops, the Nigerian Navy and Nigerian Airforce as well as personnel of the Nigerian Police Force, State Security Services (SSS), Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, Civilian Joint Task Force and Vigilantes for their courage and supports in the war against terrorism. He directed troops to remain disciplined, committed and unwavering in order to end the terrorism soon.
He further enjoined the troops never to be weakened or distracted by negative publicity in their noble efforts to end the insurgency in Nigeria while reminding the troops that since his relocation to the theatre on the 4th of April 2020, it is an open fact that remarkable successes/achievements have been recorded across the operational arena.
General Buratai noted that: “In the recent Operation Kantana Antanan Jimlan over one thousand and fifteen (1,015) Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists were neutralized and various efforts are on to ensure terrorists are substantially degraded and defeated in the near future.”
Her said, “Let me recall my earlier statement to some of you when I relocated to the theatre on the 4th of May, 2020 that I will not leave here until substantial progress has been made.
“The fact that terrorists are substantially degraded or eliminated really justified my earlier assertion. You must therefore remain steadfast and highly committed to bring terrorism to an end very soon,” Buratai said.
In his remarks, Borno state govenror, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, who was the special guest of honour at the occasion, acknowledged the successes recorded in the war on terror since the relocation of the COAS.
He expressed his gratitude and appreciation and that of the good people of Borno state to the officers and men of the Nigerian military and other security agencies serving in the state for their immense contributions and sacrifices.
Zulum also assured the COAS and the troops of his continuous support to all the security agencies in his capacity as the governor of the state while praying for the repose of the souls of the fallen heroes who lost their lives in the struggle to protect lives and property of the people of Borno state.