By Capt Jauro Musa Liya (Rtd)
“It doesn’t take a hero to order males into battle, it takes a hero to be a type of males who goes into battle” – Gen. H. Norman Schwazkpof
1. The Borno neighborhood Kaduna view with grave concern the uncharitable remarks and marketing campaign of calumny orchestrated by traducers of nation constructing in opposition to the globally acknowledged a number of efforts and successes of the Nigerian Military beneath the ready command of the Chief of Military Employees, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai. Though the Chief of Military Employees is targeted and can’t be distracted by those that search to learn from the precise distortion of info and unfavorable reportage of the safety state of affairs, we as a individuals from Borno, having witnessed the gradual return of peace within the state via the galantry of the boys of Nigerian Military and different safety companies, it will be a conspiracy to stay silent.
2. For the information, there isn’t a nation in historical past that has overcome its safety challenges in a single swoop. Securing a big and sophisticated ethnic nationalities akin to Nigeria requires the best stage of army techniques, professionalism, self-discipline, innovation, galantry and bravado, of which the Chief of Military Employees, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai has a popularity for. Safety is a course of that requires the mix efforts of all safety equipment of the state, the Civil Society and most of the people.
3. Previous to the approaching of Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai on July 13, 2015, no a part of the nation was spared from the lethal assaults of Boko Haram together with bombing of a UN constructing within the FCT the place over 20 individuals misplaced their lives. Folks worshipped in guarded and barricaded Church buildings and Mosques. Street Blocks and Test Factors have been mounted in any respect the nooks and cranies of this nation. Boko Haram held sway within the North East and firmly had 22 Native Authorities Areas beneath its management.
4. With the approaching of Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the a lot wanted adjustments have been launched to the Nigerian Military. The COAS prioritised the welfare of the boys of the Nigerian Military and ensured that every one backlogs of allowances owed have been cleared. Speedy and expeditious fee of salaries and allowances as at when due grew to become the usual apply. Buy of further fashionable weapons, arms and ammunition, common provision of Army kits, thorough recruitment and coaching of the Nigerian Military. Promotion of 86,199 troopers concerned within the Operation Lafiya Dole. These efforts started to yield constructive outcomes inside six months that it didn’t escape the discover of the respected International Battle Tracker (GCT) which acknowledged that “after peak in Boko Haram associated violence in 2014/2015, the variety of casualties attributed to the group fell dramatically”
5. Early in 2016, Nigerian Military reclaimed the 22 Native Authorities Areas that have been hitherto beneath the management of Boko Haram. In December 2016, Sambisa forest which was once the stronghold of Boko Haram was taken over by the Nigerian Military, capturing 1,240 suspected associates and members of Boko Haram sects within the course of. Now a befitting Nigerian Military Taking pictures Vary the place troops go for arms coaching, firing and testing of lengthy vary Artillery and Armoured weapons named after Lt Col Abu Ali has since been constructed. Therefore, the main target of getting efficiently decimated Boko Haram and their actions have been restricted to pockets of assaults on mushy targets.
6. It’s also to the credit score of the Chief of Military Employees the reorganisation of the military construction to undertake the herculean duties of contemporary guerillah warfare which the terrorists have resorted to. These feats earned him the “MILLENNIUM HERO” award by a coalition of over 80 Civil Society Organizations on the Military Headquarters, Abuja. On April 25, he obtained the Brazillian Army Order of Advantage Award, the best honor by the Brazillian Army. He was the recipient of The Nigerian (a web-based newspaper) “Man of The 12 months” award on the Westminster, England.
7. By all these quite a few recognitions and awards too many to say right here, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai just isn’t resting on his oas and won’t let complacency boring his imaginative and prescient and willpower to rid Nigeria of the quite a few safety challenges akin to kidnapping, banditry, communal clashes and farmers – herders clashes.
8. In keeping with these rising safety challenges, Gen Buratai has initiated an efficient Civil – Army Relations and established the Human Rights Desk in all Military Formations and Models throughout the nation. He launched the Operation Final Maintain designed to additional degrade the Boko Haram Targets and services and the relocation of IDPs again to their ancestral houses. By this operation, over 5000 IDPs returned again to their respective communities.
10. The brand new technique launched by the COAS known as Tremendous Camp Idea is a noble one and has been described as among the best warfare technique ever launched by the Nigerian Military due to the endemic benefits it affords over earlier methods. It’s aimed toward guaranteeing flexibility of the troops, focus of forces and assets, mobility and shock that are key rules of warfare. Above all, the Tremendous Camp Idea affords the extra alternative of pressure safety as troops are at all times on the transfer, on patrol and different strains of army offensive operations, thereby making it troublesome for the enemy to precisely predict their location and doable/subsequent line of motion. Gen. Buratai additionally launched the motor bike brigade to allow the Nigerian Military make deeper incursions into troublesome terrain to entry the dens of the terrorists.
11. With the directive by President Muhammadu Buhari that extra must be accomplished within the space of safety by the service chiefs, the COAS has ordered all Commanders, Normal Officers Commanding, Discipline Commanders, all officers and males of the the Nigerian Military to accentuate efforts in implementing the cost by the President. The COAS who is understood for personally going into the battle subject and main troops on the warfare entrance, has known as on all officers to guide the cost to flush out all prison components within the nation. The Nigerian Military Day Celebration 2020 has been relocated to Katsina State the place a significant military train code named Ex Sahel Sanity which has since commenced and is yielding superb outcomes. All these are geared in direction of ridding the area of the safety threats akin to kidnappings and banditry which can be making life laborious for the individuals.
12. Lastly, within the mild of the foregoing, the Borno Neighborhood needs to specific it profound help for the efforts up to now by the COAS, and want to name on all these whose solely need is to fan the embers of ethnicity, division and primordial sentiments to appreciate that such actions have grave penalties on our nationwide cohesion and safety and the a lot wanted unity of goal essential to provoke peace, safety and improvement. The Nigerian Military beneath the management of Gen. Buratai wants the help of all Nigerians regardless of tribe, faith, political leanings or area.
Capt. J. M. Liya (Rtd)
Borno Neighborhood Kaduna