Nigerian troops graduate from pre-deployment training at the Nigerian Army Peacekeeping Centre, Jaji
PHOTO CREDIT: NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA
7 August, 2013
THE Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Azubuike Ihejirika Wednesday, vowed that the military will soon bring the Boko Haram menace to a conclusive end in Nigeria, just as another batch of 800 soldiers on peacekeeping mission were deployed to Darfur.
General Ihejirika explained that the
military has resolved to put an end to
the insurgency that pervaded some parts of the north for so long, at the
graduation of the basic counterterrorism course for soldiers in Jaji, near Kaduna Wednesday. Besides, the assurance of the Chief of Army Staff was also on the heels of the admonition by the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division Nigerian Army, Major General Garba Wahab warning to the troops on their way to Darfur to stay away from ugly incidents that could dent the image of Nigeria.
The GOC who spoke during the 21 Battalion pre-deployment graduation at
the Nigerian Army Peacekeeping Centre
in Jaji, said the Nigerian Army will not
accept any situation where its troops
are disarmed. According to him, “you must fight to discharge your duties in consonance with the mission mandate when the need arises, especially when there is no alternative if you are to protect yourselves, your colleagues, civilians and property in the course of executing your tasks”.
“You must remember that the Rules of
Engagement issued and taught to you
are not to restrict you, but to offer
guidance in the use and application of
force. “You must not involve yourselves in the trafficking of illicit substances of any kind, such as alcohol and drugs as these are very offensive to the cultural values of the Darfur people and negates UN ethics. I must also remind you of the UN zero tolerance policy on sexual
exploitation and abuse.
Earlier in his welcome address,
Commandant Nigerian Army Peacekeeping Centre (NAPKC), Major
General Salihu Uba said the centre has
within the period of its existence
expanded in both manpower and facilities to ensure troops receive the
needed robust and theatre-specific pre-
Major General Uba who represented the
Army Chief at the counter terrorism
graduation, argued that it was the
responsibility of the armed forces to
bring the menace of the Boko Haram to
a conclusive end. He also added that the Nigerian Army in particular cannot afford to fail in its resolve to bring the menace to its knees.