As the military continues to record good success in its fight against insurgents, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has assured that Boko Haram will soon be a thing of the past.
Buratai gave this assurance during the celebration of Nigerian Army Special Day at the ongoing Kaduna International Trade Fair.
Represented by Lt. Gen Lamidi Adeosun, Army’s Chief of Policy, Buratai said: “The Nigerian Army (NA), aside from its primary role of defending the territorial integrity of Nigeria, is also involved in fighting insurgency in the Northeast and other internal security operations across the length and breadth of the nation.
“Specifically, a few days ago, our troops deployed in Damboa Born State recorded a resounding tactical victory against the evil forces of Boko Haram, who dared the superiority of our Forces.
“They paid very dearly for it by the monumental losses in men and equipment. Let me once more remind us that the ongoing operations in the Northeast are asymmetrical and not conventional warfare. We hereby solicit the support, prayers, patience, and understanding of all Nigerians
“However, in line with global trends, the NA is developing its capacity to contribute to the economic development agenda of the present political leadership through the establishment of some army units, such as Nigeria Army Farm and Ranches, NA Post Service Housing Development Limited, Command Engineering Depot, as well as NA Property Limited and NA Welfare Limited by Guarantee.
“These outfits not only serve the interest of NA personnel but also avail their products and services to the general public at relatively affordable prices; hence our participation at Kano, Abuja and now Kaduna International Trade Fairs.
“The overall objective is to make the NA a people’s Army, with versatility in fighting Nigeria’s enemies on one hand and food insecurity on the other.”