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Armed Forces Day: Buhari Pleads With Troops To Locate Abducted Chibok Girls


By Ganiyu Nasirudeen

President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to the Nigerian troops fighting dreaded Boko Haram insurgents in the North Eastern zone, not to relent in their efforts in stamping out the activities of the militants, as well as ensuring that the abducted Chibok Secondary School girls are discovered and safely rescued.

Mr. President made the appeal Friday in Abuja, while speaking with the Commanders and troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole after the wreath laying ceremony at the 2016 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration.

Buhari promised his administration would continue to provide the necessary arms and ammunition as well as logistics needs to the troops for the execution of the battle against the insurgents in the North Eastern zone.

Speaking on welfare of the troops, President Buhari promised that the Federal Government (FG) would ensure payment of their allowances so as to sustain their families.

President Buhari recalled his meeting Thursday in Abuja with the #BringBackOurGirls group and parents of the kidnapped girls, saying that the parents were anxiously waiting to receive credible intelligent report with respect to their location. He expressed hope that the ground forces would develop the strategy and tactics to locate the girls.

While sending his season greeting to the troops, Mr. President noted that he was impressed with the situation report he had received so far and congratulated the troops for doing their best in the current circumstances.

He restated that his administration was impressed with the performance of the troops and demanded the Commanders to relay to the troops that “the government is doing its best, to make sure that they are provided with the best that is possible in terms of military hardware and efficiency in logistics” as well as paid their allowances so that their families would be “happy back in the barracks.”

Present at the occasion were the Eagle Mobile Command Post of the Armed Forces led by Maj. Gen. Clement Olukoju.; Air Component Commander and Deputy Commander of the operation, AVM Isiaka Amao and the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj. Gen Hassan Umoru.

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