24 hours after gallant troops of the Nigerian Army foiled a deadly attempt by scores of ISWAP and Boko Haram terrorists to over run Biu in Borno state, resulting in the killing of 40 terrorists, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai has lauded the doggedness and commitment of troops in discharging their professional responsibilities.
In a special Christmas and New Year Goodwill Message for 2019, the COAS applauded the pragmatic roles played by all officers and men of the Nigerian Army in counter insurgency operations in the North East as well as those on other operations across the country and abroad.
A statement by Col Sagir Musa, Acting Director, Army Public Relations quoted Lt. Gen Buratai tasking officers and men of the Nigerian Army to remain steadfast and sustain the momentum in the fight against terrorism, professionalism and responsiveness in the discharge of their constitutional responsibilities.
He restated his passion for troops’ welfare and reassure them of the commitment of the President Commander in Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari to their welfare and that of their families.
The complete Christmas and New Year 2019 Goodwill Message from Lt Gen TY Buratai to Officers and Soldiers of the Nigerian Army reads –
“It is with great humility and gratitude to the Almighty that I send this goodwill message to officers, soldiers and indeed the entire Nigerian Army family on the occasions of this year’s Christmas and New year celebrations.
“Let me use this opportunity to commend the efforts and sacrifices of our gallant officers and men currently engaged in counter insurgency operations in the North East as well as those on other operations across the country and abroad.
“I commend you for your bravery, doggedness and loyalty in these endeavours. I want to urge you all to maintain the momentum and remain steadfast as we sustain professionalism and responsiveness in the discharge of our constitutional roles.
“On my part, I would continue to ensure that your welfare and that of your families remain of utmost priority. I will also use this medium to reassure you of the Federal Government’s commitment to your welfare with requisite support for us to perform our duties.
“The President Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari has reassured us of his total support to the Armed Forces to bring all ongoing operations to logical conclusions.
“I thank you all for the good job you have done in 2019 and look forward to us making greater progress in 2020. God bless you all the gallant troops of the Nigerian Army”.
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