- Yusuf Buratai has decried the shift in terrorist threats towards northcentral
- The Army boss made the disclosure on Monday, June 1, at the groundbreaking ceremony of the 4 Special Forces Command of the Nigerian Army barracks at Doma in Nasarawa state
- Buratai noted that the constantly evolving nature of threats in the country underscores the need for Special Forces troops with requisite skills to operate under all weather
Lt Gen Yusuf Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff, has lamented that the terrorist threat in the country is shifting towards the northcentral zone of the country.
This Day reports that he stated this at the groundbreaking ceremony of the 4 Special Forces Command of the Nigerian Army barracks at Doma in Nasarawa state on Monday, June 1.
Legit.ng gathered that Buratai, who spoke through the chief of plan and policy, Lt Gen Lamidi Adeosun, however, said the constantly evolving nature of threats in the country underscores the need for Special Forces troops with requisite skills to operate under all weather, conditions, and terrains to be established if the threats are to be nibbled.
“This necessitated the establishment of 4 Special Forces Command to be domiciled in Doma but covering the entire country operationally. Since I assumed command as the Chief of Army Staff, I have always viewed that the Nigerian Army required force enablers and multipliers, and not just brute numbers, to effectively combat the plethora of security threats being faced by Nigeria.
“This is why I, among other actions, pushed for the establishment of Special Forces units and formations that are motivated, empowered and resourced to go where others dare not to go and do what others thought was impossible,” he said.
He added that with the Special Forces’ commendable performance in the field, and having set up a training school for the Special Forces, it was only natural for the Nigerian Army to establish a formation headquarters to administer, guide and deploy Special Forces assets wherever the need may arise.
“Although the 4 Special Forces Command was statutorily established on 26 March 2020, the force has been functioning in different Theatres of Command in Nigeria with excellent results. Today, we are marking the beginning of its physical establishment upon this ground,” he said.
Buratai restated the commitment of the Nigerian Army to the peace and security of Nigeria.
Speaking when laying the foundation of the Special Forces Command’s headquarters, Doma, Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa state appreciated the CAS for his doggedness and resilience in fighting insurgency in the northeast, farmers/herders conflict in the northcentral, kidnapping and banditry in the northwest.
He said: “As part of measures to combat crime and criminality in the state, the Nasarawa State government has signed the kidnapping act prohibition law; community volunteer guard (vigilante); Executive Order for the implementation of the child right law of Nasarawa state and street begging."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported the Coalition Against Terrorism and Extremism (CATE) commended the Nigerian armed forces' leadership for the tremendous gains in the war against Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists.
It was reported that in a statement signed by its national coordinator, Gabriel Onoja, CATE hailed the Armed Forces' high level of professionalism in the prosecution of the war against terrorism.
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