The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai has relocated to the North-East to lead the fight against Boko Haram, according to the army.
Army created Lafiya Dole to fight the insurgents in 2015 after President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive that the military command centre must be relocated to Maiduguri in Borno State.
The army announced that Buratai had relocated to to the north-east days after President Idriss Deby of Chad capture Boko Haram’s arms store in Sambisa.
“The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt Gen TY Buratai has relocated fully to the North East where he is overseeing and directing the overall operation in the theatre and other Nigerian Army operations across the country,” Sagir Musa, army spokesman, said in a statement.
“While addressing troops of Special Super Camp Ngamdu in Kaga Local Government Area of Borno State on 9 April 2020, Gen Buratai said that he will be with them to the nooks and crannies of the theatre.
“It will be recalled that we earlier reported that the COAS had been on operational tour to troops’ locations in the North East Theatre of Operation since Saturday the 4th of April, 2020.
“During the tour, he was at the Army Super Camp 1 at Mulai and the Special Forces Super Camp 12 at Chabbol near Maiduguri on Wednesday 8 April 2020 where he interacted with the officers and addressed the troops respectively.
“COAS was also at the Forward Operations Base at Alau Dam, and also personally led the troops on patrol round Mairimari and Maigilari Forests.”
The Nigerian army assured that the war against Boko Haram would soon come to an end.
It assured the citizens that it was committed to protecting the lives of the people and defending Nigeria’s territory and integrity.