…We’ll fly injured soldiers abroad for treatment, if… — CDS
By Kingsley Omonobi & Ibrahim Hassan-Wuyo, Abuja
The Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt. Gen Taoreed Lagbaja, has charged soldiers to root out insurgents and other criminal elements causing havoc and insecurity for Nigerians in any part of the country.
Gen Lagbaja gave the charge following troops’ encounter with insurgents in Zungeru, Wushishi Local Government Area of Niger State, resulting in the death of about 21 soldiers.
A statement by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu, informed that the COAS spoke, yesterday, immediately he arrived the Forward Operating Base, Erena in Shiroro LGA of Niger State, where he was briefed on the current security situation by the General Officer Commanding 1 Division, Major-General Bamidele Alabi, after arriving Minna on Tuesday and moved to FOB Erena in Shiroro on Wednesday.
Addressing the troops, the COAS urged them to “rally together and be more resolute in bringing the nation’s adversaries to their knees and restore sanity in troubled areas.
He maintained that the “fight against insurgents and bandits is a just cause, in defence of Nigerians and the nation. Protecting lives and defending your nation are the noblest service anyone can offer. You are, therefore in the noble profession of arms and must not allow your morale to dwindle.
“We must defeat the adversaries of our people and take back every inch of space where they are hibernating in our land.”
Lagbaja assured the troops that “he will do all within available resources to give Nigerian Army personnel and their families the best in terms of welfare” and directed the immediate reinforcement of the troops with additional combat enablers to enhance their operational effectiveness.
We’ll fly injured soldiers abroad for treatment, if… — CDS
Meanwhile, Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, General Christopher Musa, has assured military personnel that Armed Forces will ensure their welfare and fly wounded personnel abroad for treatment if need be.