Army to support government to rescue remaining Chibok girls

David Adekunle, Lagos

The Nigerian Army has pledged to support Federal Government efforts, including diplomacy aimed at rescuing the remaining Chibok girls and other Nigerians abducted by boko haram terrorists in the North-East.

Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, made the pledge in Lagos while fielding questions from newsmen after inaugurating the new headquarters of the Nigerian Army Ordnance Corps, Yaba.

Buratai also used the opportunity to clarify that series of attacks by terrorists in the North-East was not an indication of resurgence of insurgency.

Asked to give update on the Chibok girls, the Chief of army staff said: “As for the army, we are working on our own strategy not only for the rescue of the Chibok girls, but other Nigerians that have been abducted by the insurgents.

On the series of attacks, Buratai said that Nigerian troops in collaboration with the Multinational Joint Task were addressing the attacks

“There is a conflict in which we have done very well. We have gone very far, we have put – terrorists out of our territory.

“They mostly come from outside our territory to attack our troops. We are working along with the Multinational Joint Task Force to address that,” Buratai said.

He said that contrary to impressions, the army was not over stretched with its involvement in many operations across the country to check criminality.

According to him, the army is involved in operations to deal with crimes because it is better trained, equipped and has better intelligence.

Earlier, while inaugurating the complex, Buratai said that since he assumed office over a year ago, he had embarked on “massive reconstruction and renovation” of both living and office accommodation for personnel across army formations nationwide.

He charged officers and soldiers to discharge their duties professionally and responsibly and be loyal to constituted authority.

The army Chief inaugurated the renovated headquarters of the Nigerian Army Electrical and Mechanical Engineering at Bonny Cantonment, as well as the Nigerian Army School of Public Relations and Information Studio ICT Centre, all in Victoria Island, Lagos.

He also inspected the Nigerian Army Ordnance Tailoring Factory, Yaba which sews uniforms for army personnel.

Buratai also paid a visit to the 68 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, Yaba, where he held closed door meeting with the management of the hospital.