New war commander vows to crush Boko Haram

Posted by News Express | 5 January 2016 | 2,469 times

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The new Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj.-Gen. Hassan Umoru, has vowed to speed up the defeat of Boko Haram terrorists.

Speaking Monday in Maiduguri while taking over from Maj.-Gen. Yushau Abubakar at a colourful ceremony, Umoru said that the army would raise the tempo of the current anti-Boko Haram war to ensure that the insurgency was ended in a short while.

“I assure you that we will do our very best to make sure that the war against insurgency is ended. Since most of us are not new to this operation, there is no time to waste, rather we will start hitting the ground running and carry on with our activities,” he said.

Umoru commended Abubakar for his numerous achievements in office. His words:

“I want to thank my predecessor for laying a solid foundation; in fact he had done very well. I am so happy that I have a team that is not new at all in this operation, I have a very knowledgeable set of senior officers to work with.”

He said he had been working with some of the officers in the theatre for a while.

“In fact, the two GOCs have been communicating with me throughout in the operation at some level, and they have assisted me greatly before.

“This is another opportunity for them to sit down and assist me the more.”

He solicited media support to ensure the success of the command.

“I believe with what is on ground, we are going to work as a team to coordinate our activities with all the stakeholders.

“This include the media because this war is not for the military alone, it is for generality of Nigerians and with your cooperation and assistance, by the grace of God we shall succeed.”

Abubakar expressed gratitude to the officers of the command for the cooperation given to him and urged them to extend same to his successor.

•Adapted from a NAN report. Photo shows Nigerian troops on duty against Boko Haram being addressed by Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, during a recent visit to the war front.

Source: News Express

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