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Outgoing military head hails strides against terror

05 January 2016, 08:09Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The outgoing Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Yushau Abubakar, has expressed encouragement with the operation’s achievements in the fight against the Boko Haram.

He paid tribute to officers of the theatre for putting their lives on the line in defence of the nation.

Abubakar, who is now Chief of Training and Operation of the Nigerian Army, stated this during handing over the Command to the new Theatre Commander, Major General Hassan Umaru, who until his appointment was the General Officer Commanding 3 Division.

“I am very delighted today, as I am leaving the leadership of the Operation Lafiya Dole a happy man because we have successfully done what is best to the military and the country at large, as we have degraded the capacity of the terrorists,” Abubakar said.

Welcoming his successor, Abubakar said Nigerians should appreciate hard work performed by the military.

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“I am leaving the scene to a person who is already in the theater of war and is familiar with the terrain in the area of the operation,” Abubakar said.

He added that his redeployment to the Army Headquarters in Abuja was an indication of the confidence the military high command had in them.

He urged the officers to extend the gesture they accorded him to his successor.

“I consider all of you as my heroes, as all of you have contributed to the feat we achieved in the war against insurgency within the theatre. My redeployment to the Army headquarters is an indication of the confidence the military high command has in us and I urge you to extend the gesture to my successor,” Abubakar added.

Operation Lafiya Dole is aimed at eliminating the terror that has claimed the lives of some 20 000 people and displaced some 2 million. 

- CAJ News


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