Boko Haram Attacks: Buratai Retracts Comment, Commend Soldiers For Their Courage

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai on Friday commended the courage, commitment and sacrifice being made by officers and men of the armed forces in safeguarding the country.

The army chief on Tuesday had said: “It is unfortunate, but the truth is that almost every setback the Nigerian Army has had in our operations in recent times can be traced to the insufficient willingness to perform assigned tasks or simply insufficient commitment to a common national/military course by those at the frontlines.

“Many of those on whom the responsibility for physical actions against the adversary squarely falls are yet to fully take ownership of our common national or service cause.”

However, on Friday, Buratai hailed the Nigerians soldiers.

He said that the military authorities were doing more to acquire new platforms and enhance the welfare of personnel to ensure total success in the various operations targeted at securing the country and its people.

“I would like to commend your courage and commitment to the onerous and noble cause of ensuring the safety and security of Nigeria and Nigerians. I also want to use this opportunity to honour those who have paid the supreme price while in active service of our motherland.

“We owe it to them to ensure that their sacrifice was not in vain.  We also owe it to ourselves to become better at our craft, in terms of the quality of our equipment, personnel, and training. To this end, the Armed Forces of Nigeria is making concerted efforts to acquire new platforms and equipment,” he stated.

“We are also building our capacity to design and manufacture these equipment and materials using indigenous resources in order to ensure sustainability and enduring success in our military operations.

“While carrying out your duties in a professional manner, I charge you to be objective, firm and yet humane.

“Always adhere to the rules of engagement in force; seek good relations with your host communities in order to earn their respect and support which are the most critical requirements for success in asymmetric warfare.’’

To the 183 intermediate officers of Junior Course 87, Buratai urged them to remain professional, disciplined and hard-working in the discharge of their constitutional duties.

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