The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai said there are serious strategic plans against insurgency but they will be kept secret.
He charged troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole to be set for a busy undertaking in the fight against the insurgents.
Buratai stated this at a dinner in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, in honour of former Theatre Commander (TC) of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj. Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi.
“We will not disclose our plans but I’m sure that as you settle down, you will have a very busy time.
And all the new commanders should prepare for a very busy period,” Buratai told the new Theatre Commander, Maj. Gen. Farouk Yahaya.
The Army chief praised the outgoing commander for his bravery and good style of leadership all through his tenure at the head of the operation.
“It is an honour well deserved for someone who has shown very high level of dedication, commitment and demonstrated a great understanding of the operational environment.
He came at a point when actually most of the FOB’s were falling and his coming proved a turning point in the operation,” the COAS said.
He emphasised that moving the theatre commander out of the theatre of operations is not for any other reason but rather a normal administrative function carried out from time to time.
In his welcome address, the new Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj. Gen. Farouk Yahaya assured the Army chief that he will put in his best in the operation so as to attain the desired mandate.
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