A Nigerian Army Bofors FH77 155mm artillery system
(Beegeagle’s Blog photo)
27 June, 2013
The Nigerian Army yesterday assured the people of the country that the menace of terrorism and insurgency in the northern part of Nigeria would soon become a thing of the past.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, who took a look at the performance of the Nigerian Army in the on going war against terrorism in the country, said the country was winning the war. Ihejirika spoke in Akure, Ondo State capital, at the inauguration of the Headquarters of the 32 Artillery Brigade.
The Army Chief said the state of emergency declared by President Goodluck Jonathan in three states in the north, had gone a long way at ensuring significant achievements in the war against terrorism. He stated that although the Nigerian Army had lost some men and equipment in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgents, the nation was winning the war.
According to him, “The troops on ground are doing a very good job in our quest to rid the country of insurgents, but the battle is not over, more efforts are still needed and this has been my message to the commanders and troops. “No doubt, the Army is doing well in the fight against terrorism, though we have lost a couple of men and equipment in the fight against insurgent, we have made tremendous achievements and in line with the directive of the President, we will go all way to flush out the insurgents from our country”.Reiterating that the Nigerian Army under his leadership was ready to defend the sovereignty of the country, the COAS noted that ‘the effort to rid our country of vices is irreversible’.
Commenting on the reason for the new brigade command in Ondo State,Ihejirika said it was borne out of the restructuring in the Army, which ceded the old brigade in Abeokuta to the 81 Division in Lagos state. He, however, said many of the ongoing infrastructural development in Army formations across the country were being handled through direct labour as the Army was poised to use the scare resources available to it for maximum benefit. He, therefore, commended the state government for assisting the Army to construct linkage roads within the Owena Baracks in Akure.
Speaking, the Ondo State governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, noted that the Nigerian Army had in the last few years been supporting the development and sustenance of democracy in the country. The governor, who spoke through his deputy, Alhaji Ali Olanusi, commended the Army for the role played during the last governorship election in the state. He also commended the efforts of the COAS at developing infrastructure in the barracks and offices of the Army across the country.