The Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has disclosed that in two months a total of 1,429 Boko Haram insurgents have been neutralized, with 116 of their associates arrested.
The COAS made the disclosure while speaking with reporters at the Presidential villa after briefing President Muhammadu Buhari on the activities of the Nigeria Army and the security situation in the country.
Gen. Buratai who has spent over 2 months in the trenches with troops, fighting and patrolling the nooks and crannies of the theatre of operation, disclosed that tremendous success has been recorded in the fight against insurgency in the North-East.
His words, “The troops are putting in their best and that has resulted in the tremendous successes we are recording. The fight is still ongoing and over 1,429 of this Boko Haram terrorists have been neutralized and we have arrested over 166 Boko Haram terrorist informants, their spies, couriers on logistics and their coordinators in the villages, the towns and even the forest.
“So, this is a tremendous achievement, our intelligence corps along with the Department of State Services and of course our good friends the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) have worked very hard to see that this is achieved and I assure you that things will continue to improve as the days go by”.
Buratai, who just returned from the front line in the North-East, said he came to brief Mr. President on his experience at the theatre of war in the past two months.
“I came in from the North-East just a day ago and it behooves on me to brief the President on what transpired there during the two months I stayed there.
“I have given him details of what the troops are doing and what we have achieved as well as what we intend to achieve in the nearest future.
‘So far so good; Even before I came, the President has been getting reports on what is happening in the North-East. So, with this brief that I gave him this morning, it is further confirmation of what he has been receiving and so far, so good. He is impressed with the performance of the troops in the North-East and the effort put in so far has paid off.
Continuing the COAS said, “We will continue to deal with the situation, not only in the North-East but all other parts of the country. Tremendous success has been achieved and we are very happy with what is going on”.
Emphasizing that morale of the troops in the trenches is very high at the moment while their loyalty and commitment is not in doubt, Buratai said, “Surely you will agree with me that the troops’ morale is very high.
On the impact of his presence in the battle front and the acclaimed successes, he said, “It is something of trust, something of confidence, and something that will raise the spirit of any officer or soldier when he sees his Chief of Army Staff in the trenches along with him.
“This has raised the morale of the troops and has also made them put in their best and that is what has resulted in us doing so well and it’s still ongoing”.
‘Surely military operations are carried out with plan and the overall plan is to rid the whole of the North-West and other emerging threats that are coming up in other parts of the country especially the North-Central and some areas that hitherto have been quiet.
“We will continue to tackle any form of insecurity that is emerging in collaboration with all other security agencies and our colleagues in the Navy and the Airforce.’
While praising the effort, gallantry and loyalty of officers and men of the Nigerian Army, Buratai said he will soon go back to be with them.
“We have very loyal and courageous officers and soldiers. While on the battlefield there, some of them were even ready to take the bullet for me.
“So, I am very much impressed and happy with my officers and soldiers. This is to show the level of morale that they had while I was there and I will continue to be with them, to raise their morale.”
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