The Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Major General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has warned that the Nigerian army under his command would not tolerate any act of indiscipline or cowardice from any soldier, just as he exhorted commanders to be more proactive and respond swiftly to distress calls.
General Buratai however assured the troops of the Federal Government’s support, stressing that all necessary equipment and facilities would be provided to actualize the defeat of the insurgency.
He commended them for their resilience, bravery and dedication and enjoined them to take the initiative and be more proactive, urging the troops to do more by pursuing and destroying Boko Haram terrorists within the bound of Rules of Engagement.
Buratai who made this known at 103 Battalion Nigerian Army based in Konduga, Borno State at the weekend, announced that as part of the efforts to rejig and add renewed vigour to the fight against terrorism and insurgency in the country especially in the North East, the Nigerian Army has renamed the Operation Zaman Lafiya” to “OPERATION LAFIYA DOLE” which mean “Peace by Force.”
Based on the new thinking, the code name “OPERATION LAFIYA DOLE” which means “Peace by Force” is to send a strong and final warning signal to the terrorists that they cannot derail the wheel of peace in the north east or any part of Nigeria.
He assured people of Yobe, entire northeast and Nigeria of the determination of the Nigerian army to successfully end the Boko Haram terrorists’ activities.
In line with his vision, some of the identified challenges in the frontline were proactively addressed through specific directives.
During the visit, he also took meals with the troops and also paid courtesy calls on the Governor of Yobe State, Shehu of Borno and the Deputy Governor of Borno State during he stated his mission and also thanked for their support to the troops.