The issue of Boko Haram in Nigeria today is no longer news. It has become an epidemic that even a primary school child is informed about. Nevertheless, it seems like God has finally decided to listen to the voice of millions of people in Nigeria, especially those in the north-east, who cry to him daily to intervene in the issue of Boko Haram.
But according to the Nigerian Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, the war against Boko Haram has been won. This heart-warming declaration was made on 9th January, 2015, at the occasion of the foundation laying stone of the Brigade headquarters complex at the 2 Brigade, Port Harcourt.
The COAS futher commended his men for crushing terrorism in the north east while adding that the army will still remain vigilant to contend with any new strategy that may be adopted by Boko Haram terrorists.
“The North East operation is critical at this stage. The terrorists have been defeated; these criminals may rear their ugly heads through other means. We will continue to maintain vigilance.”
Buratai also laid the foundation stone for the new Brigade headquarters complex at the 2 Brigade, where he assured the soldiers that the federal government will continue to give special attention to the welfare army personnel.
The COAS commended soldiers of the 2 Brigade for their relentless commitment to duty, stressing that the Nigerian army has remained celebrated all over the world for professionalism and high level of discipline.
He further lauded the effort of the brigade in the anti-oil theft war, saying they should continue to maintain very high standard of discipline.
Buratai assured the army of the government’s plans to improve on challenges of accommodation in barracks around the country, adding that attention will be given to the medical needs of soldiers and their family members
In his interaction with wives of soldiers in the barracks, the Chief promised that the federal government will improve on the welfare of troops, and later proceeded to inspect a five bedroom block project being built by his office in the barracks.