By Augustine Osayande
Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has reiterated his confidence in all gallant soldiers, officers and commanders of the Nigerian Army.
He stated this on Thursday while addressing troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE on final onslaught against Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists at Ngamdu, Borno State.
He told the troops that they were in the Northeastern parts of the country to carry out their solemn and righteous constitutional duties, which was to flush out these criminals who had been terrorizing and killing innocent and law-abiding Nigerians
“Gentlemen officers and men of the Nigerian Army, Gallant officers and men of Operation LAFIYA DOLE. We are right here right now to carry out our solemn and righteous constitutional duties. We are here to flush out these criminals who have been terrorizing and killing innocent and law abiding Nigerians,” Buratai said.
He added that officers and men of the Nigerian Army owed it a duty to save the country from the menace of terrorists, bandits and all forms of criminalities.
“We owe it a duty to the Nigerian people and to our President and Commander in Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, for the confidence he has reposed in us to achieve the mandate the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has given us. We owe it a duty to serve our fatherland and protect our fellow country men and women,” he said.
The COAS reminded the troops of their professional calling to defend the territorial integrity of their fatherland, which they should be proud of.
“We must also be proud of our calling as professional soldiers and patriots. Therefore, we must go all out to stop and eliminate these criminals. We must do it now. There is no better time than now,” Buratai said.
He told the troops that there there was no room for the chicken-hearted as the Nigerian Army was for the committed, disciplined, patriotic and selfless officers and soldiers.
“There is no room for cowardice and no room for the lily-levered ones. From now on it is FORWARD EVER BACKWARD NEVER. The sacrifices of our fallen heroes must never be in vain! Nigerian Army officers and soldiers have no cause to despair as ours is a noble and patriotic cause. It is a cause we must all be proud of,” Buratai said.
The COAS charged the gallant commanders to hold firmly to their officers and men.
“You must instill confidence through your words and actions. In order to win the trust and confidence of their subordinates, commanders must never show fear or fatigue.
“If they do that, they will lose all moral authority to lead and command their men. You cannot and must not take men and equipment in to battle without situating it, without putting yourself through the whole course and playing out all the likely scenarios you may encounter and diligently working out all possible options.
“We must be committed and fastidious. We must consider and workout the minutest details, factors and all possible outcomes in all our operations,” he said.
He reminded the commanders that as leaders, their focus must always be for the Nigerian Army.
“We must think out of the box and beyond the box. I charge you all to move out and bring this war to a positive end! Victory is from God Alone! God bless our gallant troops participating in our various operations, God bless the Nigerian Army and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he added.