The Multinational Task Force (MNTF) Commander; Maj-Gen. Abdu Khalifa Ibrahim has said that troops must be mobile and offensive to end Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast.
According to him, when front line Commanders have these attributes; they will flow naturally among troops to end the war that claimed many lives.
Ibrahim tasked the troops Wednesday at the investitures ceremony for 22 senior officers of Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK) at the Maimalari Cantonment Officers’ Mess, Maiduguri in Borno state.
The promoted officers comprise 20 Nigerian Army Colonels to higher rank of Brigadier General, while a Naval Captain was promoted to Commodore and a Major elevated to higher rank of Lt-Col.
He lamented the turnout of wives of the promoted officers, as their husbands did not prepare to invite them to attend the investitures of promoted Generals.
“You must be very smart and not to talk too much,” he warned, noting that they are already Generals.
Besides, he added: “Gentlemen, you’re having this prestigious rank at a critical point in the history of our country.
The Director of Finance, 7 Division and Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK), Brig-Gen. Julius Osifo said that promotion in the Armed Forces is a privilege granted to officers in recognition of their hard work, dedication, loyalty and leadership amongst others.
“We’re facing security challenges that if you had told me when I was a Lieutenant or Captain; I will say it’s impossible to see all these things here at the Cantonment.
He therefore relies on the promoted Generals, as they are younger to come to the scene with single star generals.
He explained that with the responsibilities of the new Generals, they should overcome security challenges to end the war by next year.
On allocation of resources for military operations, he said: “By your ranks resources will be allocated to you to manage, warning that the resources do not belong to them personally.
He added that the resources belong to the Nigerian citizens that should be judiciously utitlised for military operations.
He also warned against the use of allocated resources for military operations for personal gains, as it will not get them nowhere.
On how to end insurgency, he said: “Operationally; we must be offensive minded,” noting that no nation has benefitted from a protracted war.
“The war will not end by land excavations to provide trenches and then sit back.”
Governor Babagana Zulum, represented by the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Kaka Shehu Lawan urged the promoted Generals to do more and end terrorism in the state.
“The State Government is proud of the promoted Colonels,” he said; noting that the troops have protected many communities with the remaining task of ending the war by next year.
While being proud of the officers, he donated N2.2 million to 11 wives of the officers that attended their investitures.
The promoted officers also pledged N7.1 million to the upkeep of the Maimalari Cantonment Officers’ Mess, while each of the 11 wives of Generals, is to be given N200, 000.
By Mohammed Farouk