How army plans to overwhelm Boko Haram, others

The Nigeria Army will continue to review strategies to overwhelm and defeat the country’s adversaries, says the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Farouk Yahaya.
Nigerian soldiers stand at the ready at the headquarters of the 120th Battalion in Goniri, Yobe State, in Nigeria's restive northeast on July 3, 2019. - Boko Haram's decade-long campaign of violence has killed 27,000 people and displaced about two million in Nigeria. The insurgency has spilled over into neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon, prompting formation of a regional military coalition to defeat the jihadist group. (Photo by AUDU MARTE / AFP)

The Nigeria Army will continue to review strategies to overwhelm and defeat the country’s adversaries, says the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Farouk Yahaya.

He explained that the strategies comprise techniques and military procedures to secure the country by protecting life and property.

Unveiling the security strategies, yesterday, in Maiduguri, at a seminar themed ‘Intensifying Warrior Ethos and Regimentation in the Nigerian Army’, Yahaya disclosed that the army is using both kinetic and non-kinetic means to secure life and property across the nation.

The COAS, represented by the Theatre Commander, Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK), Maj-Gen. Christopher Musa, lamented the challenging time in the country’s history, which left enormous responsibility for the Army.
He reiterated President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive that the adversaries of Nigeria must be defeated decisively.

“Our complex security environment is replete with acts of insecurity, terrorism, kidnapping, ethno-religious conflicts and banditry from non-state actors,” he said.

Identifying the non-state actors as Boko Haram, Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and others, he said that the gallant troops had continued to record successes against the adversaries.

He, therefore, tasked commanders at all levels to work towards changing the psyche of troops, noting: “The troops’ psyche change was to develop a winning posture at all times.”

On the regimentation of commanders’ troops, he said it could be achieved through innovative thinking with critical approaches to strategic implementation of the Army vision.

“This seminar seeks to rekindle the warrior spirit and regimentation of commanders and their troops. The performance of any formation or unit reflects the level of command and leadership of the commanders.”

According to him, regimentation creates the bond and discipline required for various military operations, and this cannot be achieved without discipline in the fulcrum of military regimentation.

On the challenges of regimentation, Brig-Gen. Hassan Lai (rtd) said leadership in the military units is critical, while enforcing “regimentation and documentation” with administrative control to achieve efficiency.

Beside enforcing regimentation, he added that unit establishment, weak enforcement of military discipline, inadequate knowledge base and boosting of morale to ensure confidence among troops were, however, the challenges to be overcome.

“There are inadequate modern management concepts to ensure proper control and efficiency in military operations,” he said, attributing illicit drug abuse, inadequate adherence to the code of conduct in military operation and non-respect of the rules of engagement to the challenges of regimentation.

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