How Buratai's presence in Borno boosted troops morale - Centre

How Buratai's presence in Borno boosted troops morale - Centre

- The chief of army staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, relocation to the northeast region has been commended by a civil society organisation

- The centre said Buratai's relocation has boosted the morale of troops fight the war against insurgency in Nigeria

- The troops of the Nigerian army were also commended alongside their leader for their effort in counter-terrorism operations

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A civil society organisation has said that the presence of the chief of army staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, at the war theatres in the northeast region boosted the morale of troops.

The Centre for International and Strategic Studies (CISS) said Buratai's presence for two months triggered a monumental turnaround in the fight against Boko Haram/ISWAP in the region.

According to CISS, in a report co-signed by its chancellor, Professor Ahmed Danfulani and Senior Research Fellow, Dr Samson Bello, the result from Buratai's relocation is evident as over 250 insurgents have surrendered voluntarily due to immense offensives by the troops in the northeast.

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The centre further urged the chief of army staff and his troops to sustain the momentum, adding that the war against terrorism would end in no distant time.

The CISS said: "From the reports gathered in the field, it can be stated from 2016 to date; the Nigerian military was able to redefine the war against terrorism in Nigeria."

In its recommendation, the report further said that the offensive against the terror group must be sustained as a culture and spread across the whole armed forces and security apparatus in Nigeria.

How Buratai's presence in Borno boosted troops morale - Centre

Lt-Gen Buratai was on ground recently in the northeast. Photo credit: Nigerian Army
Source: UGC

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Meanwhile, previously reported that troops of the Nigerian army in a recent onslaught against Boko Haram terrorists killed 20 members of the group.

The troops attached to the 130 Battalion with the support of Army Super Camp Baga carried out the attack.

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Also, troops killed nine Boko Haram insurgents in Mainok, Borno state, in a gun battle on Wednesday, March 13.

The army said that gun trucks were also recovered from the insurgents while two soldiers were slightly injured.

It should also be noted that the Africa Women Arise for Change Network (AWACN) in another breathe commended the Nigerian military’s clearance operation against Boko Haram terrorists within the Timbuktu triangle.

The women group said the operations of the army serve as, the sole bright spot in an utterly gloomy Coronavirus (COVID-19) season.

Also, troops of Operation Hadarin Daji succeeded in killing 27 bandits and destroyed some of their dwellings.

The operation was major carried out by the air component of the troops along the Nahuta-Doumborou Corridor on the border between Katsina and Zamfara states.

The army said that a Nigerian air force attack helicopter was dispatch with support from ground troops to achieve the result.

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Following activities of military troops against Boko Haram members, a lawmaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Adefisoye, has ranked the Nigerian army high.

Adefisoye who represents Idanre/Ifedore federal constituency of Ondo state he believes that with sustained intensity, the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole would cleanse the northeast of fleeing terrorists scampering for safety.

He also said he is optimistic that with the rate the troops under the leadership of Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai are going, the terrorists would be history.

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