FROM ISMAIL OMIPIDAN, KADUNA
Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Buratai, has charged officers and men of the Nigerian army to take the fight to the doorstep of Boko Haram sect, with a view to dislodging them.
This is even as he said that the era of waiting in defensive positions for the “criminals” to come and attack and runaway must stop.
The Army Chief stated this in Kaduna yesterday, at the graduation ceremony of Nigerian Battalion 37, United Nations Mission in Liberia, UNMIL, pre-deployment training.
At the event, which held at the Nigerian Army Peace Keeping Centre (NAPKC) and the combined graduation of basic airborne course 37 and basic rigger course 23 of the Airborne wing of the Nigerian Army School of Infantry (NASI), Jaji Cantonment, the army boss also challenged the troops to adopt offensive disposition and respond quickly and appropriately to all situations.
General Buratai further said that the army has all necessary wherewithal to tackle the country’s internal problems and that it was on top of situation in the North East, adding that his vision for the Nigerian Army was to have a professional responsiveness in the discharge of its constitutional roles.
“The cardinals of this vision are professionalism and responsiveness. In line with these, we must learn to adopt offensive disposition and respond quickly and appropriately to all situations taking into cognisance, our rules of engagement. The era of waiting in defensive positions for criminals to come and attack and runway must stop.