- Captain AI Adeleke (retired) has commended troops of the Nigerian army for the feat against Boko Haram insurgents in the northeast region
- Adeleke said the chief of army staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, who led the troops is one of the most strategic thinkers of intellect in the military today
- According to Adeleke, you do not record such victories repeatedly through trials and errors but through conscious systemic and deliberate tactics
A former military officer and historian, Captain AI Adeleke (retired), has said the current victories of the Nigerian army over Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists are products of deep strategic thinking on the part of the Nigerian military top brass.
Adeleke, who spoke in Lagos on Friday, May 8, said it is part of strategic military planning to lure the enemy into thinking it is gaining the upper hand in a battle only for full arsenal to be unleashed against them.
The former military officer said most times, these enemies usually do not recover from such operations by the military.
He said the fact that Boko Boko Haram terrorists have become sorry sights the battlefield after proclaiming they were unstoppable shows that superior and sophisticated approach to combat has been deployed on them.
The expert, however, said the string of victories being recorded by Nigerian troops did not come as a surprise as the chief of army staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, is one of the most strategic thinkers of intellect in the military today.
He said from the frontal engagement carried out by troops based on precise intelligence reports with almost zero casualties, it is obvious that Buratai is taking after respected past war heroes who won their battles through the application of strategic planning and tactical drills.
"You don't record such victories repeatedly through trials and errors but through conscious systemic and deliberate tactics," Adeleke said.
Adeleke said it is not unlikely from the results being recorded against the Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists that the Chief of Army Staff must have observed closely the staying power, resilience and master stroke strategies of people like Julius Caesar, Hannibal, Khalid ibn Walid,
Citing the war pattern of Gustavus Adolphus, Adeleke said it was his invasion of Germany that helped the Protestants clutch victory from defeat at the hands of the powerful Catholic League, headed by a then world-dominating Spain.
He said: "As a retired military officer, I can't help but notice some of the traits of these renowned war heroes in the current Chief of army staff which reassures me that the man not only knows what he is doing but is capable of enacting further breathtaking strategies to bring terrorism and insurgency to an end in Nigeria."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a native of Ijebu-Ode in Ogun state, Deji Oladimeji, vowed to march from Lagos to Maiduguri should the Nigerian army succeeds in capturing Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau alive.
Oladimeji, who resides in the Ajah area of Lagos, said this in reaction to the Army’s recent victories against some fleeing terrorists.
Also, some African women have hailed the Nigerian army's clearance operation against Boko Haram terrorists within the Timbuktu-Triangle in Borno state.
The women in their scores said the operations of the Nigerian army troops against the terrorists serve as, the sole bright spot in an utterly gloomy Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
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