Boko Haram: Buratai Hails Troops’ Determination To Achieve Total Victory

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur on Tuesday hailed the dogged

determination of troops toward ensuring total victory and destruction

of remnants of Boko Haram terrorists.


Buratai, who addressed troops after observing the Eid prayers at the

Maimalari Cantonment in Maiduguri, Borno State also acknowledged their

determination to suppress other forms of aggression and insecurity in

the country.


He was represented by Maj.-Gen. Lamidi Adeosun, the Chief of Training

and Operations.


Buratai said: “Eid-el-Adha which signifies the festival of sacrifice

and obedience reminds us of the sacrifices of our troops in the

ongoing operations, especially against terrorism and insurgency.


“I must acknowledge your doggedness and determination toward ensuring

total victory and destruction of the remnants of the Boko Haram

insurgents, as well as suppressing other forms of aggression and

insecurity in our country.


“I charge you to remain focused, disciplined and loyal to constituted

authorities at all times, while ensuring that we carry out our roles

professionally and effectively.


“I also urge you to be committed, dedicated, resilient and courageous

in the discharge of your assigned duties.’’


The army chief reassured the troops of the “untiring commitment and

support’’ of President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly to

provide them with the necessary welfare and logistics needs to perform

their duties.


He also said reassured them that the army high command would continue

to provide them


“the very best working environment that would bring out the best in

them’’ and wished the troops happy celebration.


It may be recalled that since he assumed office in 2015, Buratai

visits troops in the frontline during festivals to identify and cheer

them up.


Speaking shortly with newsmen after the prayers, he described such

visits as the “moral component of war that is not tangible but



“It is very critical because this is the component in war that is not

tangible. It is called the moral component, that moral component of it

–war is immensurable.


“Visiting troops in the battle front during festivities like this –

Eid-el-Adha, rekindles their confidence; it also gingers them to know

that the leadership of the army cares for them.


“The leadership of the army, even though they are not here 24 hours,

they feel with them in terms of toughness, in terms of celebrations

and in terms of all that happens, the leadership of the army is with

them and behind them,’’ he said.


Buratai said that although there were challenges, they were being

confronted to “ensure we overcome.’’


“It is a war that we are already winning; we will win successfully,

not only for the army but for the armed forces and our dear country.’’


Also speaking, Brig.-Gen. Abdulmalik Biu, the General Officer

Commanding (GOC) 7 Division, assured that the troops were “ever

prepared’’ and would continue the fight against insurgency to a

logical conclusion.


“We are highly motivated toward doing that,’’ Biu said.