By our reporter| Nigeria’s chief of army staff, Tukur Buratai on Monday said the service chiefs have not disappointed President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigeria in the discharge of their duties.
Buratai who stated when he received, chief of defence staff Gabriel Olonisakin, to the Nigerian army super camp four, located in Faskari, Katsina state, disclosed that troops began tackling banditry and other criminal activities in the north-west, a few days after the exercise was launched.
He also revealed that some logistics suppliers, as well as informants and collaborators of bandits, have been arrested.
The army chief said, “Exactly five years ago, I was in Ndjamena, Chad Republic, when I heard the announcement of General Olanisakin as the Chief of Defence Staff as well as my own appointment as Chief of Army Staff. We are grateful to Almighty God for giving us good health to lead the armed forces.”
“It is a thing of joy to say that we are quite grateful to the president and commander-in-chief of armed forces for this honour, and assure you that we have not disappointed President Muhammadu Buhari in carrying out our responsibilities. We have not disappointed Nigerians.”
The chief of defence staff who was on an operational visit to the camp to assess how troops in the newly formed exercise, Sahel Sanity, were faring, praised Buratai for “modernising” the Nigerian army, adding that the super camp four was one of the initiatives to meet modern security challenges.
Recently Nigerians have called for the removal of the service chiefs following the rising level of attacks on lives and property by bandits, insurgents and criminal elements across the country.
President Muhammadu Buhari in June at a meeting with the service chiefs, told them that their best is not good enough as regards the security challenges in the country.