BY FISAYO FALODI
Two retired Generals and a former police chief have saluted the courage of the troops battling the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East.
The officers asked the soldiers to protect the towns recovered from the violent Boko Haram sect by putting the hardware and other equipment provided for them by the Federal Government into proper use.
The military Governor of the defunct Western Region and a former Minister of Police Affairs, Brig-Gen. David Jemibewon, who spoke withSaturday PUNCH on Thursday, asked the troops to justify the training and the re-training they had received through the effective use of the hardware.
He said the society appreciated the exploit they were making in the efforts to liberate the country from the grip of the restive group.
The combatant officer, however, said under no condition should the soldiers allow the recaptured towns to slip away from them.
Jemibewon also called on Nigerians to continue to encourage the troops by appreciating them.
He said, “Nigerians should be united in this terrible situation by giving every support both in words and deeds to the troops and the government so that this war against terrorism can be effectively executed.
“Once the soldiers are aware that the society is appreciative of their efforts, and the families they left behind are well taken care of, and the dead are given proper burial and recognition, they will continue to do their best.
“Every Nigerian should be involved in routing out the Boko Haram from the nation’s territory in ensuring the comfort of the troops.”
According to him, the troops will do more if their actions are not misinterpreted.
While recalling that a recent publication which claimed that troops of a neighbouring country were doing better than their Nigeria’s counterparts in the fight against the terrorists, he said, “Negative comments sometimes demoralise soldiers. Nigerians should make encouraging comments.”
A former Commandant, Nigerian Army School of Infantry, Brig-Gen. Williams Obene, said that since the Federal Government had made modern technology available, the troops should reciprocate the gesture by ensuring that no part of the country’s territory is captured again by the Boko Haram sect.
Obene said though he is retired from active service, his heart and prayers are with the soldiers in their anti-terrorism battle. “I wish them well; we salute their courage. They should go out and defend the country,” he said.
A former Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr. Abubakar Tsav, hailed the troops’ current performance in the troubled zone. He asked them to prevent the recovered communities from slipping away from them. Tsav equally asked the troops to stay off politics.
Culled from PUNCH