Buratai restates objectives of military operations

Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai


Army rehabilitates Oloibiri oil well

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has restated that the military operations are meant to combat the present threats that confront the nation.

He, therefore, urged Nigerians to see the army as their own as Operation Crocodile Smile II ends today in Bayelsa State.Buratai, who spoke at the site of the now rehabilitated Oloibiri oil well in Otuagbagi, Ogbia Local Council of Bayelsa State, said the Nigerian army would continue to have such operations to have a professionally-responsive army.

The Chief of Army Staff, represented by the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Enobong Udoh, said the army operations were meant to get closer to the people who owe the army.

He said: “As I said, all these operations are conducted to position the Nigerian army to be able to combat the threats that face our nation so that we can have a conducive environment for business activities to take place and allow law-abiding citizens to go about their businesses without any hindrance.

“During such operations, the Nigerian army goes closer to the people because it belongs to the people and to Nigerians as an army and that is why it’s called Nigerian army. That is why it goes close to the people to identify with them and carry out some community-relation activities as you have witnessed during the ongoing Operation Crocodile Smile II.”

Besides, the Bayelsa State Deputy Governor, Real Admiral John Jonah (rtd), has urged Nigerians not to allow some disgruntled elements in the society to tarnish the image of Nigerian army who had fought so hard to keep the nation peaceful.

He said: “Let me also try to dispel this rumour of vaccination. The Nigerian army as constituted now can never indulge in such a thing. They are trying to have a medical outreach in Nembe in which they had to phone me to ask for permission.

“This is not the first time they are doing it, it is something they have been doing regularly. So, let us not allow some disgruntled elements in the society to tarnish the image of those that have fought so hard to keep the country one and making sure that peace is retained for businesses to prosper.”

Also, the Commander of the 16 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, stationed in Yenagoa, Brig.-Gen. Kevin Aligbe, said the restoration of the Oloibiri oil well was to add a bit of tourist value to the iconic monument.

He said: “Whatever we are doing here today would have sufficiently agitated the minds of the tourism enthusiasts across the country to come to this place, explore the unique potentials of this place and make it a place for global recognition.”

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