What Nigerian military must do now – IBB

General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, former Military President of
Nigeria, has urged the Nigerian military to urgently come up with
tactics to end the Boko Haram insurgency.

He said this while hailing officers and men for their successes over the years.

A statement he personally signed Monday ahead of January 15th Armed
Forces Remembrance Day, advised Nigerians not to be oblivious of the
fact that the military is presently faced with horrific challenges in
the crucial counter-insurgency war, and activities of other
blood-thirsty armed groups.

He said: "Hence, it is high time we seek to consolidate our gains and
also fortify our combat strength. This is necessary as our Army is
undeniably a professional military establishment that has over the
years achieved remarkable successes in protecting our nation's
territorial integrity.

"Indeed, it is pertinent for the top echelons of our military to
speedily evolve new combat strategy to bravely confront the callous
terrorists who have continued to hold many parts of the North East,
and in extension, Nigeria in ransom.

"Meanwhile, the 2019 edition of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day is
coming at a critical period, when teeming Nigerian electorates will go
to the polls next month to elect their new leaders at various levels
of government.

"In recent times, elections have tested our unity as a people, while
also posing threats to our socio-cultural diversity and challenging
our common destiny.

"Nevertheless, I have a strong conviction that our Armed Forces will
remain apolitical prior, during, and after the general elections,
while focusing only on discharging their constitutional responsibility
of safeguarding the country either from the aggression of internal
rebels in the guise of Boko Haram insurgents, or from external
retrogressive forces.

"Lastly, on this unique occasion, I wish to pay a special tribute to
some of our gallant troops who have been incapacitated while at the
Theatre of War in the restive parts of the country.

"I salute the uncommon bravery of our lion-hearted fallen heroes who
paid the supreme price in their quest to defend our Fatherland. Let me
also commend our Armed Forces for their resilience over the years in
maintaining peace in Nigeria, United Nations Missions, African Union
and regional interventions. I urge all Nigerians to support our
military at all times.

"While identifying with the officers and men of the Nigerian Armed
Forces on the momentous occasion of this year's Armed Forces
Remembrance Day, I wish all Nigerians Happy New Year."

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