Nigerian, British army partner over insurgency
The Nigerian Army in collaboration with its British counterpart is training 150 Warrant Officers and other senior non-commissioned officers with a view to meeting the December deadline to end insurgency.
Speaking yesterday at the opening ceremony of a one week training targeted at the cadre of the force, which is the link between officers and soldiers, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, said the training was apt as the participants are the bedrock of the Army.
Buratai, who was represented by the Commander, Infantry Corps, Major General Sanusi Muazu, said there cannot be a professionally responsive Nigerian Army without an equally effective Warrant Officers’ and Senior Noncommissioned officers’ cadre.
“As you are aware, the Nigerian Army in pursuant of its constitutional roles has been involved in tackling security challenges such as insurgency, terrorism, militancy, banditry, oil-pipeline vandalism and youth restiveness among others. The most potent security challenge facing Nigeria in the past five years is the Boko Haram terrorist driven insurgency in the NorthEast of the country. The Nigerian Army is the lead service in the counter insurgency operations in the North-East with a theatre command comprising of 3 Division, 7 Division and a Nigerian Air Force Air Component. On my assumption as COAS in July 2015, I looked at the operation in the North East and initiated a new directive to achieve the defeat of insurgency and restore normalcy to the North East”, Buratai said.