Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai
Nigerian Army Set for Last Push To Free Remaining Boko Haram Hostages Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai has disclosed that the Nigerian Army is set to launch a military offensive code – named “Operation Rescue Final” with the sole objective of rescuing all persons still in the captivity of the Boko Haram terrorists. He made this statement on Wednesday when the Hon. Rimande Shawulu – led members of the House of Representatives Committee on Army paid him (Buratai) a visit as part of their oversight functions.
The idea of this operation first came to light at the combined 2nd and 3rd quarter of the Chief of Army Staff Conference which took place in Makurdi, Benue State on September 22. Although details of the planned operation were sketchy, General Buratai expressed confidence in the battle readiness of his men to ensure that everybody abducted is eventually rescued.
The Army chief seized the opportunity of the legislators’ visit to solicit for increased budget allocation to the army in order to enable it carry out its statutory functions. He further pledged that his men would continue to discharge their duties with due conformity to human right standards and would not infringe on the rights of the people in the course of its operations.
“Whatever had happened in the course of personnel performing their duty was not deliberate. To ensure, due respect for human rights, discipline and professionalism, the army launched its human right policy on Tuesday” he concluded. In his closing remarks, Rimande Shawulu praised the Army for the renewed vigour with which it
is fighting against insurgency and other security challenges nationwide inspite of the challenges of poor funding, inadequate operational equipment as well as poor living conditions.