Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai Reveals President’s Buhari’s Moves Towards Expanding The Nigerian Army
Head of the Nigerian Army, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai yesterday revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari is seeking to combat the increased rate of insecurity in the country by expanding the operations and base of the Nigerian Army across all regions.
Revealing the recent expansions that have been made to the Military in the past few weeks, Buratai mentioned states like Rivers, Katsina and Sokoto as places where the President’s quest to have ‘a balanced and widespread military footprint’ has been effected.
The Chief Of Army Staff revealed this to newsmen whike speaking at the roundbreaking of the Nigerian Army Barracks, Camp Buratai at Elebele in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
As gathered by NIGERIA NEWS, Buratai said: “The establishment of 6th Brigade in Port Harcourt, 6th Division in Port Harcourt and the 16th Brigade in Yenagoa forms an important part of Mr. President’s desire to have a balanced and widespread footprints of the Nigerian Army to deal with the myriads of security challenges facing the country in conjunction with other security agencies.
“As you may be aware, I was in Katsina about 10 days ago to operationalise the 17th Brigade under the new 8 Division whose headquarters is currently in Operation Lafia Dole, the theatre of operation specifically in Monguno but will soon relocate to Sokoto after the menace of the insurgency has been fully contained
“The Army has acquired the property and today Dickson has kept his promise. From what we have observed, of the preparation of this new site, so much efforts and resources have been efficiently deployed. Today’s ceremony is a testimony that with determination and sincerity of officers and soldiers, we can build institutions and regenerate society.
“The brigade has demonstrated and achieved so much in infrastructural development and enhancement of troops’ wellbeing within one year of its establishment as well as meeting its trainings, operational and regimental responsibility.
“I commend the commander, officers and men of the 16th Brigade for their innovation, determination and professionalism as well as the clear interpretation of my vision for the Nigerian Army which is to have a professionally responsive Nigerian Army in the discharge of its constitutional roles.”