Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Onyeabo Azubuike Ihejirika presents an award to a graduand from the Basic CTCOIN Proficiency Training Course at the all-new Nigerian Army Training Centre at Kontagora, Niger State
PHOTO CREDIT: NIGERIAN ARMY
6 June, 2013
CHIEF of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. General
Azubuike O. Ihejirika, says military
operations against insurgents in the
three states where the Federal
Government declared a state of
emergency, are bearing good fruits, even as he commended soldiers for their
Ihejirika, who made his opinion public
while fielding questions from journalists
at Abakaliki, noted that although the
commanders in the field who are
attending the second quarter Army
Conference in Ebonyi State are expected to provide the Army Headquarters with
facts and figures from the operations,
preliminary estimation shows that so far
the exercise is yielding positive results.
His words: “We reviewed ongoing
operations. The commanders in the field
provided Army Headquarters with facts
and figures…It would be very interesting
to note that so far, casualty has been very minimal on the part of the security forces. And it would also interest you to note that the communities in places where these operations are being conducted are very happy and they have been expressing their joy to the officers”.
In allusion to the inter-communal clash at Ezza/Ezillo that necessitated the
construction of a Forward Operating Base (FOB) of the Army in the area, the COAS explained that the facility has the
potential of being raised to a full battalion even as he called on the warring factions and militants to change their ideas so that development can take place.
His words: “One of the primary
conditional tasks of the Nigerian Army is
keeping the peace to ensure that troublemakers are put in check. Like I said earlier, what we have to render is service. It is the desire of the Nigerian Army that we don’t have to fire a shot on any civilian to bring about peace. So I call on all warring factions, on all militants to change ideas so that development will take place.
“But in practical terms, we would soon take over the FOB at Ezillo; as time goes by, it stands the chance of being raised to a full battalion.
“So these are the kind of reports we give. But like I said before, it is my wish that we don’t have to fire a single shot to bring about this peace. But certainly
because we are there, should there be
anybody that would try to test our will… Our reciprocal gesture to the state is in
terms of peace and we have been able to demonstrate this.”