By Peter Durur & Marie-Therese Nanlong
Jos—The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, yesterday, insisted that the Nigerian Army had defeated Boko Haram terrorist group and stopped it from re-grouping anywhere in the country to cause havoc.
Buratai spoke in Jos, the Plateau State capital, when he paid a courtesy visit to the Gbong Gwom Jos, His Royal Majesty, Da Jacob Buba, in his palace in Jishe, while on a familiarisation tour of military units and formations under the 3 Division of the Nigerian Army.
Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff said professionalism and a high sense of discipline among security personnel were critical in tackling Nigeria’s security challenges.
General Buratai, who spoke at the pull out of seven retired Generals of the Nigerian Army Corps of Engineers at the Nigerian Army School of Military Engineers, NASME, Makurdi, said without discipline and professionalism, the core values of the service would be eroded.
Represented by Major General Lincoln Ogunewe, Chief of Policy and Planning, Buratai extolled the qualities and virtues of the retired Generals.
The Commander Corps of Engineer, Major General Edmond Obi, who also praised the retired senior officers for their immense contributions to the growth of the military, noted that the foundation they laid would be built upon by those still in service.
Governor Samuel Ortom, who was represented by his deputy, Engineer Benson Abounu, assured of his government’s support to military formations in the state.
Responding of behalf of the retired Generals, Major General Panebi Ikumoinein said they excelled in service because of the high level of training, discipline and professionalism in the service.
Our efforts paid off—BURATAI
On the visit to the Gbong Gwom, Buratai said: “Our efforts in the North-East have really paid off. As you can recall, the incessant bombing of market places and different places of worships and high population areas has virtually stopped now. I can assure you and the people of Plateau State that they will never witness Boko Haram attacks like you witnessed in the past.
“The Army has not only succeeded in routing them from their camps in the North-East, we have been able to block these criminal elements from crossing down to these areas or building their camps anywhere in Nigeria.
“I want to particularly commend you on your role as the Gbong Gwom Jos, for all the moral support you gave us through wise counsel. I want to also acknowledge the cooperation of Plateau people.”
Gbong Gwom appreciates sacrifices
Responding, Gbong Gwom Jos, Da Jacob Buba, said: “The success of the Nigerian Army over Boko Haram did not come as a surprise because I know that the Army has always distinguished itself.
“That particular history is still playing itself out. Let me, on behalf of Plateau State, thank you and your men, who have been making sacrifices to work towards restoring peace, law and order not just in Plateau State, but all over Nigeria.”