New theater Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Olusegun Adeniyi has said that under his command, troops will take the fight to Boko Haram and attack them in their hideouts.
Speaking while taking over from Major General Benson Akiroluyo, Adeniyi said it was time to turn the heat against the terrorists and rid the North East of their menace.
”I am going to turn on the heat on the Boko Haram insurgents. I am going to take the fight to them until Boko Haram they dissappered from the Northeast”.
” I am proud and happy that I am today taking over from General Akinroluyo, my Commander. He has mentored me and we are going to continued from where he stopped and even do more until we finish the task of wiping out insurgents from the theater and the nation at large,” the new theatre commander said.
He continued, ”I want to thank the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt General Tukur Buratai for appointing me as theater Commander. I assur him and Nigerian that I will not let you down. We will fi everything to see that the works is finish on.time.
Earlier, the former theater Commander, Major General Benson Akiroluyo said that he was leaving the theater calm and better than what he met when he assumed duty.
He said ”I came when there was tension in the theater, few days after Metele attack and Metele was always in the media. I thank God I am leaving the theater today calm and better than when I met it”
”I am happy whenever I am In Borno because I was in Maimalari as a Captain in 1997 and got my promotion to Major and 20 years after, in 2017 I was also decorated with the rank of Major General here in Maiduguri.
“Maiduguri is my second home. I was also the second longest serving theater commander since the commander was created, second to General LEO Irabor”, he said.
He also appreciated the troops of Operation Lafiiya Dole, because he would have not achieve what he achieved if not because for their support and urged them to extend the same to the new Theater Commander.
Akinroluyo continued, “I am happy that I am still alive today, that I am handing over to my deputy. I have gone round the theater and today I thank God he has spared my live and I am leaving the command to my deputy who also knows the terrain and the operation of the theater.
“I hope he will continue from where I stopped. It is just like a moving vehicle and today I am leaving to my spare driver, who will keep the vehicle moving until we reach the destination.
In his contribution, the outgoing General Officer Commanding 7 Division, Major General Abdulmalik Bulama said, “You have come here and served, you have done your part but we are not yet there. I hope the new theater commander will take us to the bus stop.”
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