President Buhari charges Army to be ruthless against cattle thieves, others


President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday expressed optimism that the Nigerian Army has been adequately equipped to end cattle rustling, banditry, and other security threats in the country.

He spoke during the 2016 Nigerian Army Day Celebration “Optimizing the Capability of the Nigerian Army to meet Contemporary Security Challenges” in Gusau, the Zamfara State capital.

The President noted that the incessant activities of the insurgents and cattle rustlers have made farming, livestock management and other economic activities more difficult in the face of the general economic challenges.

He, however, praised the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, for his foresight and initiative in mobilising adequate resources to ensure precision in the conduct of the war against the crimes.

Buhari lauded the Army for collaborating with sister agencies towards degrading and decimating the miscreants.

His words: “I am optimistic that the operations of the last few days will help restore economic activities of surrounding communities bedeviled by the menace.

“I urge you to intensify and perfect current strategies, approaches, techniques and tactics towards curtailing all forms of lawlessness across the country.

“It is quite gratifying to inspect the equipment displayed, which showcased the robust capability of the Nigerian Army to ward off internal and external aggression against the country. The Command Post Exercise also reminds me of the importance of staff work in the field during the civil war in the 60s and the Chadian Operations in the 80s.

“I am pleased at the dexterity, prowess and level of professionalism displayed by various components, including the combat airborne jump by personnel of the Nigerian Army supported by the Nigerian Air Force.

“I am confident that the Nigerian Armed Forces have been amply repositioned more than ever before to confront contemporary and emerging security challenges in the country,” he said.

President Buhari added that the involvement of private partners in the defence sector, especially in terms of provision of specialist equipment under the Public Private Partnership, was a welcome development. He urged the Armed Forces to leverage on the opportunity towards enhancing capacity.

The President has also vowed that his administration will deal with any security threat in any part of the country.

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