No going back until insurgents are subdued –Buratai

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By Sumaila Ogbaje

Maiduguri –   Chief Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has charged troops Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD) to continue their onslaught against Boko Haram insurgents until they are completely subdued.

Buratai gave the charge while addressing troops 156 Task Force Battalion deployed to  Mainok village in Kaga Local Government Area Borno on Monday.

He commended the troops for the recent feat they achieved in the fight against in the state which had resulted in neutralising and capturing   insurgents.

Buratai added that the annihilation of the and recovery of gun trucks and weapons from them on Sunday in the area was a boost to the ongoing counterinsurgency .

He reassured them of  government’s commitment to providing adequate equipment to enable them maintain the current tempo of operation with a view to ending in the shortest possible .

According to him, operations are complex and you will continue to see new challenges but assure you, nothing is too difficult to handle.

“You have done and you are still doing your job professionally and this must be maintained.

“We have a lot of individuals, a lot goodwill as well from across the country and a lot of distractions as well but these distractions must not hinder  your operations. We have a sacred responsibility to  our country.

“The profession, the profession of arm is a noble profession and you are the only ones that can do this Job because you have signed to sacrifice your comfort, your and if be, the supreme price.

“You must remain focused, you must remain firm, you must maintain the determination to bring this madness by  criminal elements of Boko Haram or whatever they call themselves to an end.

“On this note, must congratulate you on the feat you have done yesterday and you must continue to clear their doubt and with them decisively,” he said.

Buratai also reassured the troops of improved welfare package in 2020, as well as those of their families in their various barracks, urging them to be proud of serving their country.

At the camp, Buratai inspected the two gun trucks sized from the by the troops on Sunday as well as the cache of weapons and ammunition and other items recovered from them during the encounter.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai visiting wounded troops at 7 Division Hospital in Maiduguri on Monday, 27/1/2020

News Agency Nigeria (NAN) reports that Buratai later visited the wounded troops at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital where he went round the various wards to encourage the .

He was also led on inspection tour by the management of the hospital to the new trauma centre under construction and at completion stage.

The army chief also visited more wounded troops at the 7 Division Hospital in Maiduguri where many of them were recuperating.

He wished them speedy recovery and pledged  continuous of the army to ensure their total recovery.