Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Buratai addresses US officials in Washington on Boko Haram

16 September 2016, 06:26

Abuja - The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, on Tuesday addressed top US defence officials and policy leaders on the efforts made by the military in the fight against insurgency in the North-East.

Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, said in a telephone interview that Buratai spoke at the Africa Center of the Atlantic Council in Washington DC, United States of America.

Usman said the presentation was titled: “Nigerian Army Challenges and Priorities in the Ongoing Operations against Boko Haram Terrorists and Other Threats to Peace and Security”.

He said the presentation at the centre was part of the Army chief’s programme on his official visit to the US.

Usman said Buratai emphasised the fact that the fight against terrorism was one that concerned the entire global community and not only the countries.

He said the chief of army staff talked about addressing the issues of insecurity in Nigeria at the strategic, tactical and operational levels as well as the challenges in tackling the threat of terrorism.

Usman said the Army chief applauded the strategic leadership provided by President Buhari in the reinvigorated fight against Boko Haram.

“Buratai enumerated the Presidential strategic directive of relocating the Military Command and Control Centre from Abuja to Maiduguri, which was followed by the directive of defeating the insurgents by the end of December 2015.

“He spoke about the involvement of neighbouring countries, as well as provision of necessary arms and logistics, assisted in the defeat of the terrorists.

Also read: Buratai describes as unacceptable killing of soldiers in Niger

“Buratai maintained his stand to undertake and sustain the current level of operations to ensure complete defeat of the Boko Haram terrorists.

“The aim is in ensuring the safety and freedom for all abducted persons and creation of favourable environment that would permit the return of all refugees and internally displaced persons to their original home,’’ he said.

Buratai , Usman noted, also informed his audience of the Army’s commitment to developing capacity through local training and international collaboration in the provision for equipment, training support, equipment maintenance, intelligence and respect for human rights.

He said Buratai sought the support and understanding among all cooperating agencies and international partners for a collective action against Boko Haram terrorists.

Usman said a roundtable discussion was held on Nigeria’s counter-terrorism efforts and issues surrounding human rights abuses by Nigerian troops.

Usman said eminent personalities including senior retired military officers, policy makers and other top government officials participated in the discussions.

He said participants at the forum included director of the Centre, Dr J Peter Pham, Ambassador Philip Carter III and Former Deputy to the Commander for Civil-Military Engagement AFRICOM, Serah Margon.

Other participants include, Washington Director, Human Rights Watch, Ambassador Clarence Cook, Chair of the Ballard Group LLC, Ms Lesley Anne Warner and House Foreign Affairs Committee, Ms Morgan Vina.

The list also include Policy Analyst, US Committee on Foreign Relations and Colonel Chris Wyatt, Director of African Studies and US Army War College.

Usman said the Chief of Army Staff also presented another paper at the Virginia Military Institute, Lexington.



Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...