BOKO HARAM: FG acquiring, installing modern arms –Buratai

(Last Updated On: October 18, 2017)


 By Gbenga Gbelee

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, says the federal government is not being distracted by the triumph so far recorded in the fight against terrorism and insurgency in all parts of the country.

He said rather than being carried away by the euphoria of the victory so far recorded, the Federal Government is currently acquiring and installing new technologies in the fight against the dreaded sect, Boko Haram.
This he said has been made possible through collaboration between the Federal Government and countries as the United States (US), Israel, United Kingdom (UK), Jordan and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Gen. Buratai made this disclosure when he spoke during the opening of a four-day international seminar on Managing Asymmetric Security Challenges in the 21st Century at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre, Abuja.

The COS added that the collaborating countries are also assisting in the area of capacity building for men of the Nigeria Armed Forces.

Although he did not reveal the categories of technologies that are being purchased to defeat the terrorist group in the North East, he however vowed that the Army under his leadership, in partnership with the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Air Force, has substantially degraded the Boko Haram sect.

While he also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for providing the needed resources and moral support in the fight against insurgency and terrorism, the military boss assured that the armed forces would never relent investing in capacity building for its personnel to ensure they are updated in skills and knowledge.

The COS observed that the array of participants at the seminar which cuts across members of the academia, military and other security actors both from within and outside Nigeria clearly shows the seriousness and concern accorded the issue of managing asymmetric security challenges in particular and world peace in general.

Earlier, while opening the seminar, the Minister of Defence, Mansur Mohammed Dan Ali, represented by the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Abayomi Olonisakin, said the seminar was timely.

He said hinged it on recent experiences in responding to the Boko Haram-led insurgency in the Northeast and the grievances induced militancy in the Niger Delta.

Countries taking part in the seminar are UK, US, Bangladesh, Cameroun, India, Mali, Niger and Pakistan.