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
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,”
He added that his redeployment to the Army Headquarters
in Abuja was an indication of the confidence the military high command had in
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
- CAJ News