By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
A group known as Concerned People of Wusasa has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing Major General Ibrahim Attahiru as Chief of Army Staff, saying the senior Infantry officer’s wealth of experience and professionalism would go along way in changing the tides in the fight against insurgency, banditry and other forms of insecurity bedevilling the nation.
Spokesman of the Zaria based group, Alhaji Ibrahim Bello while addressing newsmen in Kaduna said the appointment of Attahiru as head of Nigerian Army would restore hope , confidence, loyalty and commitments in the ranks and file of the service, which according to him were needed ingredients especially in the theater of war against insurgency in the North East of the country, adding that the new army boss has distinguished himself among his peers in regimental and academic excellence.
Bello urged the now Chief of Army Staff to hit the ground running by mapping out far-reaching and effective strategies to defeat insurgency, calling on him to prioritize welfare of his men, particularly low ranking servicemen whom he described as the bedrock and first line of defense in warfront.
“If We must win the war against the menace of Boko Haram, ISWAP and other affiliates of ISIS, We must do things differently, redraw our strategies, unleash our military superiority over the insurgents, anticipate victory and have an exit plan.
“Intelligence gathering must be explored to the fullest with highly confidential and anonymous tips from host communities who have first-hand knowledge of modus operandi of the insurgents.
“In addition to these a well comprehensive reconnaissance operation must be carried out as a potent weapon against the adversaries in the northeast and northwest which have prevalence of insecurity.
“This will enable our men to be familiar with terrains, geography, topography and how the adversaries operate in order to avoid surprise attacks in the form of ambush on our troops and minimize to the lowest level casualties on our side.
“The new man, I’m optimistic know all these and will leave no stone unturned in his new assignment to once more restore our territorial Integrity and inscribe his name in indelible ink .
“Gen. Attahiru is very much familiar with the terrain because he was theater commander of Operation Lafiya Dole which is the joint military outfit saddled with fighting insurgency in the northeast.
“He recorded landmark successes including, reopening of Lake Chad for fishing activities after clearing swathes of territories in and around the area, BH terrorists were neutralized and made incapable to hold any territory , he facilitated the administration of polio vaccines in remote areas of Borno State which was very difficult due to activities of insurgents thus saving lives of children” Bello said.
The group congratulates the 2 star general for his new appointment and pray to God Almighty to give him the wisdom to over the insecurity challenge facing the country.