Tukur Buratai, the chief of army staff of Nigeria, has called for prayers and support for soldiers engaged in the counterinsurgency war and other security operations within and outside the country.
Buratai said rather than criticizing the military, Nigerians should start praying for their soldiers, who are poised more than ever, to wipe out the insurgents and other criminals in the country.
The COAS, who made the call at the 2017 Nigerian Army Social Activities (NASA), organized by the Guards Brigade, in Abuja, said but for the sacrifice of members of the armed forces, the country would have been in chaos.
Represented by Major-General Rasheed Yusuf, the army chief, while assuring that terrorism would soon be a thing of the past in the country, noted that “the last few months have witnessed remarkable improvement and a quantum leap in the operational capacity of our troops, especially in the northeast.
“This is occasioned by improvement in the administrative and logistics spheres of the operations, which are clear manifestations of my vision to have professionally responsive Nigeria Army in the discharge of its constitutional roles.”
Buhari Defeats Boko Haram?
Late December 2016, President Muhammadu Buhari declared victory over the Islamist terrorist group after Nigerian troops announced that they have recaptured Camp Zero in Sambisa forest, the base of the deadliest terrorist group in the world.
The Nigerian Army later presented the president with the flag belonging to the terrorist group in a “mission accomplished” ceremony.
Since the declaration a week ahead of Christmas Day 2016, Boko Haram has launched a number of deadly attacks in the North Eastern region of the country where the terrorists have murdered at least 50,000 since they began their campaign to establish an Islamic caliphate in the country.