The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen TY Buratai, yesterday declared a new phase in the pursuit of Boko Haram insurgents.
In a message addressed to all troops serving under his command in the military’s ‘Operation Dole’ in the North East, Lt Gen. Buratai asserted that the battle will enter a new phase within the next few days.
According to Army spokesman, Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman, the make-or-mar nature of the new phase of the war will have “huge implications” for Nigeria.
Buratai said: “The next few days will be crucial to Operation Lafiya Dole. It is also crucial to our country Nigeria.
“Our sovereignty as a nation is threatened. The Nigerian Army and indeed the military, as the symbol of our nationhood, is being challenged.
“Our ability to stand and defeat the Boko Haram terrorists in the next few weeks will determine the future of our country.
“We cannot afford to lose the fight. We are better trained and better equipped.”
Noting that the entire citizenry is anxious to see Nigerian troops’ total victory over the insurgents, the Army boss emphasised that troops are duty-bound to ensure a final and decisive end to Boko Haram’s threat in Nigeria.
“The whole nation is behind us. Mr President is with us. Let us remain steadfast in this noble cause. Be courageous.
“We must degrade and defeat the terrorists. This job must be done.
“We must make our country men and women proud.
“If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man’s life, sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility,” he added.