The Chief of Nigerian Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, on Sunday, March 14, assured that the war against insurgency would soon come to a successful end.
Attahiru, who gave the assurance in Damaturu, Yobe, while addressing troops of Sector 2 of Operation Lafiya Dole; commended the Nigerian Army troops for their recent gains in neutralising insurgents.
“I’m very pleased; your commanders have told me what you have done collectively, as part of ‘Operation ‘Tura Takai Bango’; how you have pushed the Boko Haram insurgents.
“We are so proud of you, and I believe that in the second phase of that operation, you will do more. I’m sure you will go out there and push them so hard and bring this entire insurgency to an end,” the COAS said.
Attahiru, who said that he was at the sector to familiarise himself with the Nigerian Army troops, conveyed the greetings of President Muhammadu Buhari to them.
“We have come to the sector headquarters in Yobe to meet you; to get to know you and you know us as well.
“I am bringing very special greetings from the President and Commander-in-Chief; he has been fully briefed and is aware of what you are doing and how you are doing them.
“I am personally here to take cognisance of what you are doing, note the challenges you are facing and ensure that they are addressed for you to have the highest level of morale needed to do your job with pride, as Nigerian soldiers,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Arewa Youths Consultative Forum, AYCF, on Sunday, March 14, urged Nigerians should hold the government responsible for banditry and general insecurity in the country.
This was contained in a statement issued by the AYCF National President, Yerima Shettima.
According to the spokesman of the Arewa Youths, it is the sole responsibility of the government to provide security for Nigerians, but it has failed to do so.
Shettima also urged the government to ensure security agencies are adequately equipped with manpower.
The Arewa Youths National President: “The government should be held responsible. It’s the sole responsibility of the government to provide security which is key to the citizens.
“Despite the fact that some of us are aware that the security agencies have been overstretched at one point or the other; we are saying they should consider additional manpower and provide the necessary equipment to encourage these agencies.
“We must consider equipping the Nigerian Armed Forces. Intelligence gathering is key; but they need to build trust between them and the communities; so they can get more information about these criminal-minded people. These criminally minded people are in the community and some know them very well.”