In line with the presidential deadline given to the Nigerian Army for the eradication of Boko-Haram insurgency in Nigeria, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army Staff, has charged troops in the ongoing counter-insurgency operation to brace up their efforts to defeat terrorism in line with the presidential directive.
Buratai’s directive is contained in a statement issued by the acting Army spokesman, Col. Sani Usman, in Abuja on Friday.
The Army chief said in the statement that the coming days would be crucial to the operation aimed at eliminating insurgency from parts of the country.
The statement read, “The next few days will be crucial to `Operation Lafiya Dole’ and it is also crucial to our country Nigeria.
“Our sovereignty as a nation is threatened, the Nigerian Army and indeed the military as the symbol of our nationhood is being challenged.
“Our ability to stand and defeat the Boko Haram terrorists in the next few weeks will determine the future of our country.’’
According to the statement, the military could not afford to lose the fight against insurgency as it was better trained and equipped to win the war.
It added that the whole nation led by the President was behind the military as it battles insurgency in the North East.
It however urged the troops to remain steadfast and courageous in the task of degrading and defeating the terrorists.
By Patrick Aigbokhan