The Nigerian Army says it has commenced a comprehensive rotation exercise of 3,000 troops engaged in war against terrorism and Boko Haram in the North-East.
Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Rogers Nicholas, made the disclosure while addressing the rotated troops in Maiduguri.
He disclosed that the exercise was approved by the Army Headquarters to serve as a morale booster and enhance troops’ operation.
“The Chief of Army Staff has graciously considered that and gave us men to do rotation. This is the first batch of soldiers that are being rotated.
“About 1,500 of them will be leaving Wednesday and in the next few days another 1,000 or plus will also leave, we are rotating about 3,000 soldiers from Operation Lafiya Dole.
“It is going to be an ongoing exercise as the operation continues we will exercise rotation to make sure that most of our troops that stayed long would be re-joining their units and families” Nicholas said.
The Theatre Commander disclosed that the military authorities had adopted effective modalities to ensure the payment of outstanding allowances to the troops.
He commended the troops for their sacrifice and gallantry even as he urged them to use the period and stay with their families.
In seperate remarks, Warrant Officer Francis Adama and Sergeant Adederan Akanbi, commended the gesture, noting it would avail the soldiers an opportunity to rejoin their families after four years of duty tour.
Adama expressed delight over the safe completion of his mission in North-East and enjoined troops to be committed to ensure a total end of the Boko Haram insurgency.
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