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B’ Haram: We’ll Professionalise Nigerian Army, Says Buratai

Posted: Jul 19, 2015 at 12:54 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

As the war against the Boko Haram insurgents peaked with the appointment of new service chiefs, Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has promised to raise the Nigerian Army to a professional level.

He said this was going to be part of his strategies to make the army faster in responding to emergency situations, especially distress calls.

According to News Agency of Nigeria report, Buratai gave his word in Damaturu, on Friday, at a Sallah party organized for soldiers serving in Yobe state.

Buratai said the Nigerian army would re-strategize its operations to effectively defend any part of the country under threat.

The army chief gave assurance that he was committed to building a professional and responsive army that would execute its constitutional responsibilities with high sense of commitment.

He said: “My mission statement is to build a professional and responsive army because I have realised that although we have a professional army, the aspect of responsiveness is missing.

“Troops have failed to respond to distress calls that would have redeemed a situation, this has to stop under my watch.

“We will relate very well with other sister agencies to achieve our set goals.”

He noted that he was also determined to ensure that army would continue to promote the unity of the country.

The Yobe State governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, commended the political will exhibited by the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to eliminate insurgency in Nigeria.

He identified lack of political will and inadequate equipment as responsible for the prolonged security challenge in the country.

“The visit of the COAS to Yobe to meet soldiers in the frontline state on the very day he assumed office, indicates a new dawn in the fight against insurgency.”

Gaidam assured the readiness of his administration to support the fight against insecurity in the state.

“From 1998 to date, we have provided 387 pick-up vehicles to the Joint Task Force for Patrol operations,” he said.