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Army upbeat change in tactics will crush Boko Haram

20 July 2015, 11:56Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Nigerian Army is confident a new operational code for war it has launched in the fight against the Boko Haram would eliminate the terror sect.

The Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Buratai, renamed the operational code from Zaman Lafiya (Living in Peace) to Lafiya Dole (Peace a Must).

This was during his tour of the military formations in the troubled Northeastern region of the country.

The Chief of Army Staff, who was accompanied by the Borno State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Zannah Umar Mustapha, and other service chiefs to the 103 battalion Konduga, where the new operational code was launched amidst cheering soldiers.

Buratai said the ongoing activities of Boko Haram was assuming an alarming dimensions in Borno and other parts of the north east.

"We will not tolerate the killing of citizens and destruction of property, in as much as we urged you (troops) to adhere strictly to human rights, the time to crush Boko Haram and other criminal activities in this country is now or never," he said.

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He said he would be actively involved in the “Operation Lafiya Dole” to end the Boko Haram.

"My door will always remain open to all of you for constructive criticism and advices towards restoration of peace in this part of the country," he said.

"Therefore, we are here to identify with you and to officially inform you that as from today henceforth, we have changed our Operational Code from Operation Zaman Lafiya to ' Operation Lafiya Dole,” Buratai said.

He appealed to the troops and other security agencies as well as the general public to collaborate to end the menace of Boko Haram and other criminal activities in the region and the country as a whole.

Buratai insisted that there is need for change of strategies to win the counter-insurgency war against the Boko Haram. 

He said the war on the insurgency must be won but with respect for human rights and rules of engagement. 

- CAJ News


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