Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Kenneth Minimah, has rallied troops involved in the offensive against Islamist insurgents in the North-East, charging them to ensure terrorists do not have room to manoeuvre.
Minimah, who was in Maiduguri and addressed officers in Giwa Barracks during the visit, said terrorists should not have the opportunity to perpetrate atrocities
A statement issued on Sunday in Abuja by Maj.-Gen. Chris Olukolade, the Director of Defence Information, quoted the Army chief as commending the troops for their resilience in the ongoing offensive against the terrorists.
The statement said Minimah visited Borno, Yobe and Adamawa where he also rallied the troops and challenged them to ensure there should be no breach of security in any part of the areas under operation.
Sunday’s statement also said the Army chief assured them that all necessary efforts were being made to ensure that troops did not lack any requirement.
“This is considered vital to accelerating the success of the mission,’’ he was quoted as saying, adding that Minimah warned against any form of indiscipline or mishandling of equipment available for the operation.
It said the army chief emphasised the need for officers to continue to give the required leadership to the soldiers and pointed out to them that all the training and experience already imparted in all military personnel should be brought to bear on the operations.
The statement said Minimah was accompanied by the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu and that they conducted a comprehensive air surveillance of the entire mission area covering Adamawa, Borno and Yobe and some key locations.
“They noted that substantial expectations of the counter-terrorist campaign were being achieved satisfactorily,” the statement added.