Saturday, October 19, 2013

Better days ahead: We will soon eradicate Boko Haram – Chief of Army Staff

In a bid to reassure Nigerians of the success of army efforts to rid the nation of terrorists, the Chief of Army Staff, General Azubuike Ihejirika, has reportedly announced that Boko Haram and the menace it presents will soon be a thing of the past.
The General said this at an event attended by delegates from all over the world to put an end to the largely unchecked trend of piracy and pillaging on the nation’s waters.
The ceremony tagged “Africa Winds”, was put together by the United States’ Africa Partnership Station, APS and took place at Tarkwa Bay, Lagos while it had security stakeholders from the US, UK, Spain, the Netherlands and Nigeria in attendance.

Nigerian Eye reports:
Troops were drawn from the 65 Battalion of the Nigerian Army, Bonny Cantonment, Victoria Island; the Special Boat Service (SBS), Navy Town, Ojo, while ariel coverage was provided by the Nigerian Navy Air Station, US Marine Corps, Nigerian naval ships and special landing boats from The Netherlands.
Ihejirika, who said there was need for all agencies and stakeholders to be brought onboard the war against insurgency, admitted that the Nigerian Armed Forces had in the past approached the war against on a wrong footing.
The army chief said the military has restrategised in order to tackle all security loopholes in the ongoing war against terrorism, piracy, sea robbery and bunkering.
“We went into the operation in the North East without a joint deployment training, nevertheless, I am impressed with the level of cooperation so far.
“We have taken concrete measures to improve the level of effectiveness of the operation, such as ground to air communication, to enable the Nigerian Army and Air Force communicate which was not there before.
“Though there has been limited success with the operation in the North East, I am optimistic there will be improvement soon,” he said.
Ihejirika expressed optimism that the skills acquired by the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Navy during the exercise alongside the experiences shared with the navies from four nations would enhance the war against insurgence and illegal bunkering.
While addressing the troops after the beach landing of attack forces trained to attack and recover enemy strongholds, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Dele Ezeoba, expressed satisfaction at the level of preparedness and fitness of military personnel.
He described the joint exercise as a milestone achievement recorded by the participating countries in the area of strategic partnership, just as he insisted that only a multinational and joint agency corporations could completely eradicate crime across maritime space.

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