…troops recapture Gamboru Ngala

Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, General Gabriel Olonisakin, yesterday summoned all Field Commanders as well as Principal Staff Officers, PSOs and senior officers at the Defence Headquarters, DHQ, to review efforts towards achieving the presidential directive to end Boko Haram in three months.Gabriel-Olonisakin

A statement through the Director of Defence Information, DDI, Colonel Rabe Abubakar, said that the CDS also unveiled his vision for the armed forces, while commending the field commanders and troops for sustaining the momentum in the fight to crush Boko Haram insurgents in the North East.

The CDS, according to the DDI, said “all hands must be on deck to ensure that the presidential directive of ending terrorism very shortly is achieved.”

General Olonisakin unveiled his vision for Armed Forces of Nigeria which was “to ensure a well motivated, trained and equipped Armed Forces that is responsive to national security commitments.”

The CDS emphasised that the pursuance and drive of all operational responsibilities of the Defence Headquarters henceforth would be guided by the vision.

He therefore urged all personnel of the Armed Forces to redouble their efforts to ensure that all confidence repose in the military by the nation was not shaken.

In a related development, Nigerian Army yesterday captured the economic and strategic town of Gamboru Ngala, Borno State, from the Boko Haram terrorists group.

The town was ruptured by the sect on March 19, after they were driven out by Chadian troops. The return of the terrorists was made possible because the town was left unguarded after the insurgents were flushed out.

Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, said the triumphant troops were now busy with clearing and mopping up patrols.

Meanwhile, the fight against Boko Haram insurgency in the country received yet another boost on Monday, as the Brazilian government has thrown its weight behind Nigeria, offering training opportunities.

This is coming few days, after the Ukrainian government also made similar offers with readiness to supply the country with military hardware when the need arises.

A statement yesterday, by the Director of Army Public Relations, DAPR, Colonel Sani Usman, confirmed that delegates from Brazil were at the Army Headquarters, AHQ, where they met with the Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai.

Led by the Deputy Chief of Army Staff for International and Special Affairs, Brazilian Army, Major General Joarez Alves Pereira Junior, Usman said that Brazil expressed readiness to support Nigeria as well as strengthen the existing relationship.

General Pereira Junior, according to the DAPR, had said that his country started reaching out to African countries and considered Nigeria to be the first to be visited because of its strategic importance in the West African sub-region.

The Brazilian General “further stressed the need for military cooperation between the two countries which was aimed at strengthening their long existing relationship while expressing his government’s readiness to offer training opportunities to the Nigerian Army personnel at all times”, Usman stated.

In a response, the COAS, Lt. Gen. Buratai, was said to have expressed gratitude to the Brazilian Army Chief for the visit, acknowledging that the Brazilian example was good for Nigeria to emulate, citing the defence industries as a typical area of interest between the two countries.

He pledged the Nigerian Army’s readiness to cooperate with Brazil and assured him of the Nigerian Army’s determination to end Boko Haram terrorism soon.

General Buratai also described the existing cooperation between the two countries as a good step in the right direction, stressing that there was a lot of things for the two countries to learn from each other.

The COAS also used the opportunity to request the Deputy Chief of Army Staff ’s assistance in facilitating training billets for Nigerian Army personnel particularly in jungle warfare due to the present security challenges in the country.

Present during the visit were the Brazilian Defence Attaché to Nigeria/ Ghana and some Principal Staff Officers of the Army Headquarters

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