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Nigerian army restates degradation of insurgents

Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has restated that the Boko Haram terrorists had been “highly degraded” and that there was no resurgence of insurgency in the North-East as being insinuated in some quarters.Buratai spoke in Jaji at the graduation of 55 Special Forces from “Advance Water Markship Training” and said: “in warfare, one must suffer some setbacks”.

Media had been agog in the last few days of terrorists’ attacks on troops in the North-East in which they claimed a number of soldiers were killed.

The army, however, denied the attacks and loss of personnel.

Buratai was in Jaji in company of the visiting South African Army Chief, Lt.-Gen. Lindile Yam.

“You are all aware of the events in the country, especially the security landscape between 2013 and mid-2015.

“I am referring to the situation in the North-East where a band of insurgents, employing terror held sway over nearly the entire region, including large part of the North-Central and Northwestern parts of the country.

“However, from middle of 2015 to date, the insurgents have suffered high degradation. They no longer hold any territory within our sovereign state,” Buratai said.

According to him, a professional army should be capable of operating under all conditions across all terrains and by day or night.

He said: “The nature of modern warfare requires that an army must develop multi capability to address all changes.”

Buratai commended the graduating Special Forces drawn from various corps of the army for the completion of the training.

The army chief promoted all the 55 personnel that participated in the training, saying it was his reward for them, having endured the rigours of the exercise.

He said the focus on effective training in the last years also largely accounted for the successes so far recorded by the army.

“It is pertinent to state that lessons learned from our counter insurgency and counter terrorism operations have to a large extent, guided our training and operation plans,” he said.

The South African army chief, having watched a simulation attack on supposed enemy camp by the graduands, commended the Nigerian military for the relations among the three services.

Yam noted that the strategies adopted by the Nigerian military in addressing the country’s security challenges were yielding positive results.

He also praised Nigerians for their resilience and being able to adapt to situations wherever they found themselves.

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