…laments insufficient equipment The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has said Boko Haram now exist only in Lake Chad area and the Sambisa forest in the North Eastern part of the Country. Her however assured that the Nigerian Army is still in search of the remaining Chibok girls who were abducted
…laments insufficient equipment
The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has said Boko Haram now exist only in Lake Chad area and the Sambisa forest in the North Eastern part of the Country.
Her however assured that the Nigerian Army is still in search of the remaining Chibok girls who were abducted by the militia in 2014.
Buratai stated this on Monday while delivering the maiden lecture of the Centre for Contemporary Security Affairs at the Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State tittled ” Military and Democratic consolidation in Nigeria, appraisal of the Nigeria Army counter- terrorism and counter- insurgency operation”.
He revealed that the Boko Haram activities was reduced in the region due to the residence of the military in collaboration with other security agencies.
According to him, the preservation of sovereinty and good governance are are crucial to well being of the nation and it people, noting that complex security challenges like the Boko Haram activities required political and security solutions that ensure that democracy and good governance rebound stronger after a crisis.
The Chief of Army Staff, said that the Government of President Muhammadu Buhari has fulfilled the pledge to support the MNJTF by donating the sum of $100 million, adding that the current political leadership has demonstrated strong political will, purposeful direction and resourcing that galvanized the nation against the common enemy
“One of the silent but radical changes in the operations was changing the orientation and mind-set of troops from a defensive to an offensive posture.
“We also created the Theatre Command to coordinate the activities of the divisions involved in the operations,”
“Socio-economic activities and free movement of people and goods have resumed in many areas. Significant improvements can be attributed to the systematic campaign led by the Army in conjunction with other security and elements of national power
“Success recorded so far is an indication that for Nigeria’s democracy to be consolidated, the military must not only play its part but must also fulfil the constitutional roles assigned to them.”
Buratai identified porous boarder, large space of operational enviroment, cross-border insurgency, insufficient international support in terms of equipment among others as the challenges militating the fight against insurgency.
Earlier, Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Lawrence Ezemonye, said the centre when operational would carry out research that interrogate emerging security challenges of local and global concern.
He said the center when operational will conduct research in terrorism, organised crimes, cyber security intelligence among others.