The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has warned troops fighting Boko Haram terrorists in North-East Nigeria to remain steadfast and be more proactive.
The army chief gave the warning on Wednesday while addressing officers and men of the Nigerian Army in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital.
Although he commended the soldiers for the successes recorded so far in the fight against the insurgents, he asked them to remain resolute as the war is not yet over.
“The war has not yet been won and all is not over until it is over. Hence, I congratulate you on the progress made so far but we must do more.”
Buratai also asked them to work in harmony with other security operatives, saying no meaningful progress would be made without their cooperation.
“Let me urge you to partner with other security agents in prosecuting the war and anything less will jeopardise the efforts of the security forces as a whole.
“I want to assure you that the highest military hierarchy will continue to give you all the necessary support in the fight,” he added.
Elsewhere, the army chief visited the Emir of Damaturu, Shehu Hashimi II Ibn Umar El Kanemi, at his palace where he called for his support and the people in the fight against terrorism.
He thanked the traditional ruler for the support the soldiers had received over the years and solicited for more collaboration between security forces and the people.
In his response, the Emir commended the military for the role it has played over the years in ensuring peace returns to the community and other parts in the North-East.
He assured that the people of his jurisdiction will continue to partner security operatives in the fight against the insurgents.
He further assured General Buratai that the people would continue to partner with security operatives in the fight against the insurgents.