Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Kenneth Minimah has revealed that orders have been placed for military hardware as the army seek to end the Boko Haram insurgency in the northern part of the country as soon as possible.
Minimah made this known at the 2 Brigade barracks, Port Harcourt, where he said the army would launch offensive against Boko Haram to bring its activities to an end., when the weapons arrive.
“The Federal Government has placed orders for equipment. As soon as they come in, we will launch a major offensive that will bring the madness, insurgency to an end, he said.
He however said that the army was making significant impact in the war against crude oil theft.
“Our effort is ongoing, the bunkerers themselves are human, they are not ghosts. So while we are doing our best, they are devising news ways. But you will agree with me that the effort to checking this menace is more than ever. We can’t say we will stamp it out in one day, but then the greater part of pursuing the bunkerers is ongoing and that with time we will begin to see greater result,” he said.
Asked to speak on the relevance of military presence during elections in spite of criticisms from some quarters, the COAS said, “I can’t answer that question because that is not why I have come here”.
Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State however called for less visibility of the army during elections.
The governor spoke when Minimah led top army officers on a courtesy visit to him at Government House, Port Harcourt.
He further called on the army to assist the state in the fight against kidnapping.
“The military needs to play lesser role in politics. I have said that severally. I am sure you will ensure that the relationship between the military, civilians and politicians is cordial, such that the 2015 elections would not be controversial,” Amaechi said.
“I want the 2nd Amphibious Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Bori Camp to work with us, because we need to stamp out kidnapping in Rivers State. There are competing economies in the country and the largest of all is Lagos while the second is Rivers State and if kidnapping continues, our economy will crash, unemployment will rise and we may not be able to compete with the comity of states.”
Must the army always expose their strategies? the last time they took five jet planes to Borno state, it was bombed without using it. Get this hardwares quietly and stop this bastards. Result is what we wnt not process.
Nice one Engr. Onoja…… I wonder how the military could be telling those hooligans what a bloody civilian would percieve as “top-secret.”
These people will not stop to amass me!
They just woke up now to fight the insurgents since all this while?!!!
Naija I hail o!
Na waooohhhh, but must you come out openly to say it to the public. Importation of sophiscated ammunition by the Nigeria Military should be a confidential thing and not for public consumption.
Clowns!!! So if not for boko haram, they won’t border upgrading there ammunitions!