Nigeria’s chief of army staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru promised to end the persistent Boko Haram insurgency ravaging the country.
This was contained in a statement he revealed Sunday, upon his visit to Yobe troops of section 2 ‘operation lafiya Dole’ of the Nigerian Army in Damaturu.
The General assured the soldiers that his visit was to tell them that soon Boko Haram insurgency would be history, within a reasonable space of time, and also to proffer solutions to their various challenges in order to encourage them to perform efficiently.
He said, “I will like to tell you, I personally as the chief of army staff, I am here to take cognizance and note of the challenges you have and ensure that they are addressed to ensure you have the highest level of morale to be able to do your job and do it proudly as Nigerian soldiers.”
He also noted that they would possibly kick insurgency hard and bring to an abrupt end.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army has issued a stern warning to the popular Islamic scholar, Sheilkh Ahmed Gumi, against making comments to disparage its name.
On Monday March 8, the Army in a statement cautioned the controversial cleric against maligning its image.
The statement signed by Army spokesman Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima noted that, deployment of soldiers for national assignments was not made based on religious consideration.
The statement was in reaction to a viral video showing Gumi blaming non-Muslim soldiers for the attacks on bandits.
More so, the governor of Katsina state, Aminu Bello Masari, has expressed his concern over Gumi Sheikh recent comments demanding amnesty for bandits.
Masari criticized the renowned Islamic scholar for demanding amnesty for armed gangs responsible for the death of many innocent Nigerians and destruction of properties across the Nation.
The governor said Gumi ought to be preaching about the implications of killing people to the outlaws and not amnesty, adding that ‘a criminal is a criminal’ and nothing could justify the killing of innocent citizens.
Lolo Ijeoma Njoku reporting, Obinwannem News