Army laments destruction by Boko Haram, bandits, vows to curb menace


Lt. Gen Farouk Yahaya and others at the event.

By Mohammed Usman,


The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Farouk Yahaya, has lamented the level of devastation caused by the activities of Boko-Haram, armed bandits /Fulani militia men, assuring that the menace would soon be history.

Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya gave the assurance during his one-day visit to Niger State on Sunday.

He also commended the Nigerian Army for the sustained bombardment of the criminals, whose activities have caused pains, loss of lives and properties of citizens across the country.

The CoAS, who used the ocassion to commission some projects at the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), Nigerian Army and the 31 Artillery Brigade, Minna, urged the soldiers to sustain the tempo.

“Be more resolute and decisive in dealing with the criminals. Bring down their weapons and that is what we will continue to do notwithstanding the challenges,” he said.

Yahaya assured Nigerians, especially states that the criminals have deprived of their peace and freedom of movements that the challenges would be overcome in no distance future.

Part of his visit to Niger State is to interact and jinger the soldiers to do more in guaranteeing safety of lives and properties of citizens hence the security situation is not 100% but appreciable impossible.

While soliciting for accurate information to the Nigerian Army for immediate action, Yahaya attributed the successes so far recorded in the fight against threats to the territorial integrity of the country to collaboration with other security agencies.

Whie commissioning the TRADOC Officers Transit Accommodation Military Cantonment Minna, he said, “I am in Minna today as part of my operation visits to the Command”.

The Chief of Army Staff who held closed door meeting with officers that lasted for hours said, “I have gone round all the states in Nigeria to access the security situation and now that I came here, I have been briefed by my officers on ground.

“I commend them on the job they are doing. They should be more resolute and more decisive in dealing with the criminals and we must engage the bandits just like in a war. We kill them and bring their weapons.

“There are challenges; and we have noted them. The essence of the visit is to interact with the troops. To jinger them to do better.

“There are security challenges across the country and as they unfold and we are doing our best. In war like this, you can have surprises sometimes.

“As acknowledged by many, there is so much improvement compared to the beginning and we are continuing in that drive to secure the nation’s territory”.

He told Nigerians not to lose hope but keep praying for security forces to succeed.

“These criminal elements are living with us and if we can all join hands together, we end their siege and we are making progress”.


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