By Augustine Ehikioya
To boost troops’ morale, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya and the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Isiaka Amao on Monday, 2 May 2022 feted troops of the North East (NE), Joint Task Force (JTF), Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK) in Maiduguri, Borno State.
The troops are at critical stage of the ongoing counter terrorism and insurgency operations in the North East.
The two service chiefs reaffirmed their commitment to the troops’ welfare.
This was disclosed in a statement issued on Monday by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, and made available to Security Watch Africa (SWA).
The statement said “The Service Chiefs, who were visibly impressed with the performance of the troops, reaffirmed their commitment to their welfare during a Sallah luncheon organized in honour of the troops by the Headquarters Theatre Command.
“The duo maintained that welfare of troops remains topmost in their priorities.
“While delivering his remarks, the COAS, who had earlier paid a visit to troops wounded in action at the 7 Division Military Hospital, stated that he is ever determined to ensure the medical treatment of personnel and their families, both within and outside the country.
“He added, that those wounded in action will continue to get support and special vocational training to help them cope with their new health status and overcome psychological trauma,” it stated.
In his goodwill message, the statement said that the CAS felicitated with the troops and called on all security agencies “to continue to synergize with the military in defence of Nigeria’s national security.
“He hinted on the acquisition of more combat platforms for the Nigerian Airforce to shore up troops’ air combat efficiency.”
The representative of the Governor of Borno State, Deputy Governor Umar Usman Kadafur, according to the statement, while reading the goodwill message from the Borno State government, had expressed appreciation to the military for the restoration of relative peace in the State.
“He added, that the successes so far achieved, clearly demonstrate the capability of the military in bringing the war to an end,” it said.