Naija News reports that the Chief of Army staff gave the officers of the Nigerian Army the colourful treat as part of the deliberate efforts to boost the morale and confidence of the soldiers especially at the battlefront against one of the deadliest terrorist group in the country, Boko Haram.
Nigerian Army Spokesman, Col Sagir Musa made this known in a statement obtained by Naija News on Friday.
This is coming in few days after the Nigerian Army Chief has vowed to sanitize the Army of officers who are not dedicated to the course of challenging and putting insecurity to a halt in Nigeria.
Musa in his statement said that a total of 300 troops who participated in the Dubar exercise with the Army Chief also had opportunities to ask the Chief questions that bother their respective hearts.
According to Col Musa’s statement, Lt Gen Buratai commended the troops for their gallantry and courage, asking them to scale up their onslaughts against the Boko Haram terrorists in the northeast.
The statement reads : “In line with the extant Military Traditions, Customs and Ethics, Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai has held a dubar with troops of Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE at the Command and Control Center in Maiduguri, Borno State on 26 June 2019.
“A total of 300 troops drawn from the various Units and Formations across the Theatre Command attended the occasion, where, as a rare privilege, troops freely interacted one-on-one with the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen TY Buratai.
“At the event, without any restriction, troops were allowed to sincerely bare their minds on issues bothering them either as a group or individually, especially on professional matters like administration, welfare, logistics and general operational situation including progress and challenges.
“In his remarks, Lt Gen TY Buratai commended the troops for their gallantry and sacrifices and enjoined them to be more robust and unyielding in the fight to end terrorism in the North East Nigeria. He requested them to open up to him in case of any problem or issue that he needs to know and address. He conveyed the appreciation of Mr President, Commander in Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari for their commitment, sacrifices and loyalty to the nation.
“Instructively, the Chief of Army Staff used the opportunity to remind the troops of the expectationns of Nigerians as to their ability to keep the country safe, which as an Army, – we must be able to meet or surpass.
“Few of the major highlights of the durbar session include the need for more patriotism, professionalism as well as the need to reappraise, reorganize and re-strategize to boost the operation and defeat the insurgency/terrorism.
“Additionally, the need for troops to be mindful of fake news and terrorists’ propaganda was also highlighted during the durbar.
“The climax of the occasion was that the troops had dinner with the Chief of Army Staff. They were elated, visibly happy and poured praises to the Chief of Army Staff for the opportunity, and most importantly for his untiring support in providing the required leadership, logistics and equipment to effectively prosecute the war.
“Issues that were discussed at the occasion will be disseminated to the rest of the troops in the frontline by the 300 representatives that attended. “