The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General Ibrahim Attahiru has today, given a 48-hour ultimatum to the troops of the Nigerian Army, ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’ to reclaim Marte Local Government Area, as well as other communities in Borno state, that were recently attacked and taken over by the Boko Haram sect.
Addressing troops of the Nigerian Army Super camp 9, Dikwa, Attahiru said, “areas around Marte, Chikingudu, Wulgo kirenowa and Kirta must be cleared in the next 48 hours”.
“You should be rest assured of all support you required in this very onerous task.
” I have just spoken to the Theater Commander, and the General Officer Commanding 7 Division, you must not let this nation down. Go back and do the needful and I will be right behind you.
“You are aware of the recent attack on Dikwa and Marte, you should not allow this to happen again. Go after them and clear these bastards”.
While appreciating the efforts of the troops in the fight against the Insurgents, the COAS also conveyed the greetings of the president and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces, and gave assurances to provide the needed equipment and weapons to end the war on Insurgency. He further promised to look into the matter of overstay in the theatre.
To the residents of Dikwa and those who fled the recent onslaught in Marte, and are now taking refuge in Dikwa, the Army Chief said, ”I want to assure you that we are going to protect you, not only that we are going to clear Marte, Kireenuwa, Wulgo, Kirta and their environs. What we need from you is your cooperation and prayers”.