The Nigerian Army has reiterated its commitment to riding the country of criminal elements and has vowed to crush Boko Haram terrorists and members of the banned Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB).
Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Major General Faruk Yahaya stated this on Saturday during the passing out parade of the 80 regular recruits intake at the Nigerian Army Depot, Zaria in Kaduna State.
Major General Farouk who was represented at the event by the General Officer Commanding One Mechanized Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Danjuma Ali-Keffi, explained that the military will not rest on its oars until the entire country is safe for all citizens to live in.
While addressing the soldiers, the GOC reminded that the contemporary security challenges orchestrated by bandits and terrorists across the country demand that the Armed Forces maintain a well-trained and disciplined force, congratulating them for the completion of their initial training at the institution
He, however, reminded them that a lot is expected from them in terms of loyalty, discipline, and selfless service to their fatherland.
The ceremony which was earlier scheduled to hold on May 22, was moved following the death of former (COAS) Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, alongside 10 other senior military personnel in a plane crash in Kaduna State on May 20.
On Saturday, the Nigerian Army had raided a Boko Haram logistics base in Guibja, Yobe State.
The army spokesperson Brigadier-General Mohammed Yerima said the operation was carried out by troops of Sector 2 Operation HADIN KAI and led to the arrest of two fuel suppliers suspected to be affiliated with the terrorist group.
“The suspects arrested are in our custody for preliminary investigations and would be handed over for prosecution by relevant agencies,” the army spokesperson said in a statement.
“While appreciating the gallant troops for the feat, the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Faruk Yahaya enjoined troops to sustain the tempo and clear all suspected fortress and hideouts of these criminal elements.”