Soldiers warned against quitting Boko Haram warfare


from AHMED OBAFEMI in Maiduguri, Nigeria
– THE Nigerian Army has threatened to punish soldiers that desert its ranks amid the war against the Boko Haram terror group intensifies.

The threats come in the wake of reports of low morale among some
government forces officers.

Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff, said the army was not known for cowardly behavior and had contained several attacks and security challenges within the last three years.

“Consequently, any soldier that turns away in the face of enemy incursion would be appropriately sanctioned and made to face Field Court Martial in accordance with our extant laws,” he said.

Buratai dismissed the ongoing attacks by the Boko Haram as the “last kicks of a dying horse.”

“We have achieved great successes over the terrorists (Boko Haram). Thus, absolute and conclusive victory is just inches away (for Nigeria),” he said.

Buratai warned the troops against complacency against the Islamist

“Do not be complacent by being contented with repelling their attacks. Go after them, capture them, and when absolutely necessary, be decisive with the daring ones.”

In his address to the officers deployed northeast of the country, Buratai said he had established the Nigerian Army Cyber Warfare Command to prevent online terrorism, radicalisation and recruitment.

The Boko Haram has killed an estimated 100 000 civilians and displaced over 2 million others in a decade-long campaign to topple the government.

Neighbouring countries such as Cameroon, Chad and Niger have also suffered deadly attacks.

– CAJ News

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