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INSECURITY: Nigeria To Bring In Chadian, Cameroonian Soldiers To End Insurgency – New Army Chief Attahiru.
Ibrahim Attahiru, the Chief of Army Staff, says Nigeria will bring in Chadian and Cameroonian troops to end the insurgency in the country.
Speaking when he addressed troops at the Army Supercamp 1 Ngamdu, Yobe state, on Monday, Attahiru said his mission is to tackle the insurgency and that he foresees the war ending soon.
“The successes recorded recently by Operation Tura Takaibango shall be cashed in to bring an end to the insurgency,” Attahiru said.
“This war will be brought to an end soon. We shall do this in tandem with the forces from the Republic of Cameroon. We shall be bringing in the Çhadians to ensure the annihilation of the insurgents in the north-east soonest.”
The army chief said the challenges being faced by the troops will also be addressed “with military effectiveness”.
“I have been briefed by your commanders about the lack of fighting equipment. I know of the lack of kits too. We are making tremendous efforts to get your boots, uniforms, and protective gears in a couple of weeks,” he said.
“I know the issue of overstay in the mission area has been a major problem. We will not do that almost immediately, but I can assure you that in a matter of months, we shall have a standard rotation plan that most of you will have to leave the theater of operations to be replaced by other soldiers to continue with the war. I see this war ending soon.”
Attahiru also asked the troops to put in greater efforts in the fight against insurgency.
There have been several calls to the Federal Government to seek foreign help in defeating Boko Haram.
In January 2020, about 1200 Chadian troops deployed in the Lake Chad area in the north-east alongside Nigerien troops withdrew from the area after the end of their mission.
Later in April, the Chadian troops launched an offensive against Boko Haram in the Goje-Chadian area of Sambisa forest, capturing an arms’ store believed to be one of the largest owned by the insurgents.
It was reported earlier that the immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai (retd), has attributed his appointment to his father’s love for President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to him, his appointment in July 2015 was a prize for the loyalty of his father, Yusuf Buratai to Buhari.
Buratai’s father was a non-commissioned officer in the Royal West African Frontier Force and a World War II veteran who fought in Burma.
The former COAS expressed the views on Sunday night during a gala night organised by the 29th Regular Course Association in Abuja in his honour to celebrate him as the longest-serving COAS and his successful retirement.
He expressed gratitude to the President for finding him worthy to serve as COAS, adding that he discharged his responsibilities to the best of his ability.
He also said that although it was a tough time serving as COAS, the service chiefs weathered the storm, adding “I am retired but definitely not tired Insha Allah.”
Buratai said, “My father was an ardent lover of the President and my appointment as COAS, therefore, was a prize or reward for that gesture by the President.
“Of course, and as you have been told several times, we (the President and I) met in N’djamena and he saw me and felt I was the right person to be COAS at that very crucial and critical moment of our history.
“And I am happy that we have discharged our responsibilities diligently, professionally and loyally, and I will continue to discharge my responsibilities to him and of course to our country and our people.”
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