The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has restated the military’s commitment to end the activities of the deadly Boko Haram sect.
According to him, the military was determined to meet the set deadline of defeating the insurgents by December, NAN reports.
This was announced in a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday, September 30 by Col. Sani Usman, the acting director of army public relations.
The statement read: “I want to reassure Nigerians that Nigerian Army is ever determined to succeed in meeting up with the set deadline of defeating Boko Haram terrorists by the end of this year.”
Recall that in August, President Muhammadu Buhari had charged the military to end Boko Haram insurgency within three months.
Buratai was said to have reiterated the military’s commitment during a routine operational visit to frontline troops in parts of the Northeast.
According to the statement, the army chief had defied the public holidays to embark on operational and morale boosting trips to troops under Nigerian 3 Division and 7 Division areas of responsibility.
He first paid a visit to the Headquarters, 33 Artillery Brigade, Shadawanka Barracks, Bauchi, where he addressed troops on the on-going operations.
His next stop was the 301 Artillery Regiment, Gombe and Biu where he visited two units; 231 Tank Battalion and 331 Artillery Regiment in Aboge Largema military cantonment.
Buratai who was accompanied on the visit by some principal staff officers at the army headquarters and the General Officer Commanding 3 Division, Maj.-Gen. HA Umaru and other Commanders, admonished the soldiers to treat surrendered terrorists humanely in line with international humanitarian laws and the Nigerian Army Code of Conduct.
Newly promoted officers in the frontline were also decorated with their new ranks during the army chief’s visit.
The military has been recording tremendous victory against the Boko Haram insurgents. Recently, a Boko Haram kingpin whose name was given as Alhaji Tijjani Usman Damagum was said to have been tracked down and arrested at Damagum town while another one was gunned down during a shootout with soldiers.
The Nigerian military had also warned all terrorists to stop their violent activities and embrace peace.