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Buratai encourages troops, says Boko Haram highly degraded, expiring


[FILE PHOTO] Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai

Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has urged troops in the North-East not to relent in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgents as the terrorists have been highly degraded and are expiring.

He described the recent sporadic skirmishes from the terrorists as a desperate effort from a highly degraded and expiring adversary, striving to maintain its notoriety.

In a message to troops in the frontline in the North-East yesterday, he added that the recent skirmishes from the terrorists should be seen as an attempt by the group “to portray itself as formidable and cohesive; something that is completely false.”

He therefore charged them not to relent in their gallant efforts and draw back the hands of the clock. He warned that any soldier that turns away in the face of enemy incursion would be sanctioned and made to face “Field Court Martial in accordance with our extant laws.”

He assured the troops that as their chief of army staff, he had never relented in his pursuits of ensuring that their welfare was adequately catered for.

“To this end, I have directed that your allowances are paid regularly as and when due.

Buratai recalled that special uniform allowance was paid a month ago directly into the troops’ individual accounts.

He said through the various intervention programmes to the army by the government, the stock of arms and ammunition have greatly improved as the army recently took delivery of large consignment of high calibre weapons and ammunition which have been injected into the theatre.

Buratai also noted that in a bid to swell their depleting ranks, the terrorists have continued with their false teachings and instilling fake ideologies in the youths of the Northeast.

To curb this, he said, he had directed the Department of Civil Military Affairs in collaboration with the Department of Nigerian Army Chaplain/Imam Services “to immediately provide counter narratives through the community resilience and stabilisation campaign programme.”

Reminding the troops that many people had returned to their respective communities, he said the terrorists had taken advantage of the large population in the towns and villages to infiltrate them, urging them to be vigilant while thanking Nigerians for their support.

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