By Bode Olushegun
The Nigerian Army on Thursday inaugurated two projects to boost soldiers’ efficiency in the ongoing counter-insurgency operations in the North East, specifically in Maiduguri, the epicenter of Boko Haram crisis.
Inaugurating the projects, Camp Delta Base; Combato entertainment facilities and a gymnasium for soldier’s relaxation and physical exercises,, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj. Gen. Farouk Yahaya said: “The quick reaction force showcases our combat capabilities of fighting Boko Haram insurgency in the theatre of war.”
The projects, which was commissioned to mark this year’s Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL) in Maiduguri, were for troops’ quick reaction force in the North East.
Yahaya said: “It will also provide us a place for quick response with equipment to any Boko Haram attack and criminality in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.”
The decade long Boko Haram insurgency has been reported to have caused an estimated loss of over 36,000 lives withdestruction of property worth $9.2 billion (N3.312 trillion).
The Theatre Commander said the completed projects, medical outreach and
distribution of COVID-19 palliatives to residents, are to fulfil corporate social responsibilities of Army, while appreciating troops’ commitments to the ongoing war.
He however charged the troops that the setting in of rainy season should not deter them from being at optimal in the ongoing war.
He tasked the troops that: “You should be proactive and deal decisively with the insurgents hibernating in Sambisa Forest and Lake Chad region.”