Buratai celebrates Nigerian troops at Eid-Fit-ri
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Nigerian Army, Lieutenant General TY Buratai has joined millions of Nigerians to congratulate the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, his Sector Commanders and all troops of the Nigerian Army on the celebration of the Eid-Fit-ri.
The COAS in a statement by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman also commended the troops for thier many sacrifices in maintaining peace across the country, especially in the northeast.
Gen Buratai also congratulated the troops for the neutralizing of top Boko Haram commanders as well as various feats recorded in the insurgency war.
Particularly, he commended the Commander for eliminating 5 key leaders of the terrorists group that were the closest associates and right hand men of the terrorists group leader.
“Although the leader has not been captured, the COAS noted with satisfaction the zeal and determination with which the directive was pursued,” the statement read.
It will be recalled also that within the same period 82 of the Boko Haram terrorists were eliminated. Therefore, the Commander was very close to achieving the directive.
The statement reads further, “The Theatre Commander has asked for the extension of the deadline and it has been granted by the COAS. Given deadlines and extensions are strategic means of focusing troops’ efforts in the theatre.
“Currently the main thrust of the operations is the decapitation of all the remaining terrorists factions within the Nigerian territory. With this feat achieved the relevance of Shekau is no longer of any consequence. The people of the NE and indeed all Nigerians are enjoined to be more confident of the Nigerian troops and go about their normal activities.”