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COAS, Buratai hosts troops to dinner on the frontline, charges officers, soldiers to be wary of Boko Haram propaganda

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The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, Wednesday alongside Principal Staff Officers, Corps Commanders and other senior officers of the Nigerian Army held a Christmas luncheon with troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE in the North East of Nigeria.

The COAS was at Forward Operation Base (FOB) Delwa, Konduga Local Government Area (LGA) of Borno State where he met with the officers and soldiers of the FOB and 7 Division Garrison.

In his address to the troops, Gen Buratai paid glowing tributes to the gallant officers and soldiers that that paid the supreme price in the course of fighting terrorism and insurgency. He also congratulated the troops for their bravery and steadfastness.

Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, Director Army Public Relations in a statement quoted the army boss as informing the troops that the government and Nigerians appreciate their efforts.

He also said that the President had promised total support to the military in order to bring the conflict to logical end.

Lt Gen Buratia, however, warned the troops to be wary of Boko Haram terrorists misinformation and propaganda aimed at demoralizing the troops to break their cohesion and fighting spirit.

The COAS further said “you have decimated the Boko Haram terrorists, but they want to brainwash you through propaganda. You should not believe their lies and misinformation”.

Speaking further, Lieutenant General Buratai said that there were several elements who don’t wish Nigeria, well hence their concerted efforts to bring disaffection among the officers and soldiers into logger head through false information and claims on the social media.

The COAS also said that the Nigerian Army have made significant progress and sacrifices in the fight against terrorism and insurgency in the country, what is remaining is to clear the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists through offensive actions, long range patrols and ambushes.

Highlight of the occasion was a field training exercise by the troops and a sumptuous lunch in which the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen TY Buratai, Prinicpal Staff Officers, Theatre Commander, GOC 7 Division and Commander Sector 2 Operation LAFIYA DOLE personally served the soldiers with food and drinks.

Those that accompanied the COAS to occassion include the Chief of Training and Operations (Army), Major General LO Adeosun, the Director Military Intelligence, Major General SA Adebayo, Chief of Account of Budget (Army), Major General CU Agunlanna, Theatre Commander, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Major General BA Akinroluyo and the Acting Provost Marshal (Army), Brigadier General H Ahmed. Others were the Acting General Officer Commanding 7 Division, who is also Commander Sector 1 Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Brigadier General Bulama Biu and Commander Sector 2, Brigadier General MB Dala, amongst others.


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