The Theater Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Rogers Nicholas has warned officers and soldiers of Operation Lafiya Dole that henceforth the Nigerian Military will no longer tolerate loss of any officer or soldier in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents.
He also said that the Theater Command will not condone any act of abandoning duty post by the troops while on duty.
General Nicolas who dropped the warning during his operational visits to 22 Armoured Brigade Dikwa and 112 Task Force Battalion Mafa Saturday was accompanied by the Ari Task Force Team Commander, Air Vice Marshal Idi Lubo and Maritime Component Commander, Navy Commodore, Aminu Hassan.
He disclosed that federal government has given the Nigerian military enough money and logistics to fight the war to an end by clearing the remnants of the Boko Haram insurgents from their hideouts in the north east of Nigeria.
Major General Nicholas further advised the officers and soldiers to change their style of operation henceforth by the officers not allowing soldiers to take charge of the trenches, saying, ” officers should take charge of the soldiers. Officers should henceforth not allow the soldiers to take charge.”
“The style must be changed .Federal government has given us enough money and logistics to fight and complete the insurgency. So, your salaries and allowances will be paid to be promptly and regularly. However, we will no longer tolerate loss of any officer or soldier again. Even the Boko Haram terrorists are looking at us.
” You should conduct yourselves professionally and be always in high spirit to discharge your duties. Trenches must be taken over by the officers not the soldiers”, Rogers said
He assured the troops that air strike team will always be at the scene of attack in spite of the weather challenges nothing that , there will be no more delay in payment of salary or allowances in order to boost their morale at the war front.
The Theater Commander further commended the troops turn out and high spirit while tasking the to complete the war and be in high spirit always as much was expected of the Nigerian military in the fight against the Boko Haram terrorists.
“You need to be professionals and professionally move out to the Boko Haram insurgents. No more abandoning of duty post. Nobody should be cheated. We will always be with you and support you defeat the Boko Haram terrorists
” All the service chiefs are looking at us to complete the fight. That is why I directed the officers should take charge by leading and commanding the soldiers well. It is also the responsibility of the soldiers to see that the mission is achieved,” Rogers said.
Fielding questions from journalists in Mafa, he said, “Dikwa and Mafa are more volatile areas that is why we make our presence more.
“Inaccessibility to Gwoza, Bama, Matte, Abadan and others by motorists and host communities lies on the security situation that is why we stationed our troops there and carry out operations in every area.
” We are in areas that are more vulnerable making progress to finish with the insurgency. And you can see that people are now returning to their host communities gradually.
“We urge people however to return to their host communities and also call on the Boko Haram insurgents to surrender their weapons and resort to dialogue with the government. Nobody will humiliate or arrest them. They will be treated under international human rights laws properly and rehabilitated before reuniting them with their people through the deradicalization, rehabilitation and reintegration process”, Nicholas said.