The Nigerian Army says it will further strengthen its intelligence capabilities and manpower to withstand the challenges in the Northern East.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Tukur Buratai stated this in Gudumbali, a Local Government in Northern Borno during a tour of some of the communities affected by activities of Boko Haram.
The first point of call for the Chief of Army staff was the 145 Battalion Deployment Camp situated at Damasak under, Moba Local Government in Northern Borno State where he had an interaction with the troops awaiting deployment.
The team then moved to Gudumbali where General Buratai again encouraged the troops stationed just outside the community.
The next point of call was the main town of Gudumbali where Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai interacted with community members.
General Buratai stated that; “all the attacks on the troops in the Northern part of Borno State in North Eastern Nigeria are as a result of the troops closing in on Boko Haram and the insurgence have been taking advantage of the knowledge of the terrain to target the troops but the Nigerian Army is strengthening its intelligence capabilities and manpower to withstand the challenges in Northern Borno.
“I want to see the extent of the damage that has been done and it is good for us to look at the strategic importance of Guzamala that is why we must take special interest in it in the overall counter insurgency that we are having. But be rest assured we will defend our country from any external aggression or internal insurgency.” said the Army Chief.
The convoy then made its way to Mongonu, Headquarters of Operation Lafia Dole where the chief of Army Staff addressed the troops.
“We must ensure that we defend our country and protect all the citizens, Operation Last Hold is fundamental and we will make sure that all the people return to their ancestral homes and continue with their livelihood, this we must do,” General Buratai stated.
The final stop was at Maimalari Cantonment Cemetery where the Chief of Army Staff did a ceremonial laying to rest in honour of the fallen heroes.