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Army boss rejects excuses from officers across communities under security threats

By Idowu Abdullahi

Following rising insecurity across the country, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieut-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, has warned formation commanders and principal staff officers across theatre of operations to redouble their efforts and increase their onslaught against terrorists across the nation.

Aside from redoubling their efforts, the military chief urged the commanders to take the fight to doorsteps of terrorists and ensure their total annihilations from all nooks and crannies of Nigeria, particularly the Northern region, adding that his leadership would not entertain excuses for failures.

Yahaya noted that the directive become imperative following his determination to win the war against terror, protect the nation’s territorial integrity and restore lasting peace to all troubled zones across Nigeria, saying in achieving that stated aims, the commander and principal officers were central to the successes.

The military boss directed officers across communities under security threats to ensure the tempo of all their operations across the country was sustained, maintained, and devised devise initiatives that would enable the Army to curtail insecurity at their commands.

Yahaya gave the directed on Monday at the Chief of Army Staff Combined Second and Third Quarter Conference 2021 in Abuja. The conference was aimed at brainstorming and reviewing the activities of the Army within the second and third quarters of 2021.

According to him, as officers and commanders under whose charge are placed men, materiel, and other resources, you are the key drivers of these pillars. You must therefore note that even if we have all we require, we might not achieve much without you providing effective leadership.

“I therefore charge you all to immediately key in to my vision so that together, we can take the Nigerian Army to greater heights. Commanders must seize initiative and commanders must take initiative, they must take decisive actions to defeat the threats in their respective Area of responsibilities. I will not again take or accept excuses.

“Gentlemen, failure is failure irrespective of the circumstances!! The Nigerian Army under my watch remain resolute and continue to chart progressive paths towards tackling the security challenges confronting the Country.

“Hence, I have directed that serious attention be given to sustaining and improving the tempo in all ongoing Nigerian Army operations across the Country. I will continue to demand that you redouble your efforts so that we can decisively deal with our adversaries or any group or person that threaten the peace and stability of our great nation,” he said.

Furthermore, he disclosed that he has directed commencement of special operations in North West and North Central to combat the insecurity bedeviling the regions.

“I have also directed for the conduct of special operations especially in the North Central and Northwest Regions to address the deteriorating security infractions in the Regions. Commanders must therefore glean from my Command Philosophy to ensure that operational and administrative proficiencies of Nigerian Army units and formations are sustained and improved upon.”

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