Nige­rian, Bri­tish army part­ner over in­sur­gency

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Maryam Ah­madu-Suka, Kaduna

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.

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