The Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya, has asserted that the operational successes recorded by troops of the Nigerian Army, NA, in the North East and across other theatres of operations have received global recognition.
The Army Chief made the assertion Tuesday, 15 March, 2022 while declaring open the Chief of Army Staff First Quarter Conference 2022 at the Army Headquarters Command Officers’ Mess 1, Asokoro Abuja.
TheFact Nigeria notes that according to a latest report published by the Global Terrorisn Index, GTI, Nigeria has moved to sixth place from fourth following successes in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents. The country had occupied the fourth position since 2017. The report had also said that there was a decline in the number of terrorism-related deaths in the country, which it attributed to the death of Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, and the Federal Government’s efforts at defeating the group.
Gen Yahaya saluted the untiring efforts, doggedness and commitment displayed by troops in the face of adversary, which he maintained, translated into tremendous gains against insurgency, banditry and secessionists’ agitation in the north east, north west, north central and south east respectively.
He attributed the recent operational successes to increased synergy between the NA and sister services, as well as other security agencies.
The Army Chief further recalled that on assumption of command, he evaluated the level of insecurity in the country, which he said informed his resolve to motivate troops and re-invigorate ongoing operations in reversing the ugly trend of insecurity.
He pointed out, that with the increasing re-equipping of the NA, the force is better positioned to tackle contemporary and emerging security threats confronting the nation.
The COAS added that in order to consolidate on the successes so far attained, conscious efforts would be made throughout the period of the conference to retrospectively appraise ongoing operational and administrative activities of the NA, with a view to adding value.
He expressed optimism, that the conference will generate robust deliberations that will emplace new strategies that would project the NA and effectively drive ongoing operations.
The COAS lauded field commanders, officers and soldiers for their dedication and selflessness in the discharge of their constitutional role, and charged the participants to contribute meaningfully towards improving on the performance of the NA in all operational engagements.
Gen Yahaya disclosed that aside re-equipping and training, the NA has embarked on collosal infrastructural development drive that would provide a conducive working and living condition for troops and their families.
He expressed gratitude to the Commander- in -Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari for providing requisite logistics and strategic guidance to enhance efficiency of the NA.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Chief of Policy and Plans (Army), Maj Gen Anthony Omozoje stated that the fluidity of security necessitated quarterly review of all NA activities to enable for stock taking, evaluation and projection, to facilitate the attainment of set benchmarks in actualization of the vision of the COAS.