President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the courage and resilience of troops in the ongoing operation against Boko Haram inside the Sambisa forest.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen Tukur Buratai, conveyed the president’s message during an operational visit to troops of 103 Battalion in Konduga on Sunday evening.
He said the efforts of troops advancing into the Sambisa forest and those in blocking positions around the area remained key in the actualisation of the administration’s fight against terrorism.
The president expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the troops and urged them to sustain the tempo.
He assured the troops of government’s commitment to their welfare and other needs that would enable them perform their tasks effectively.
The army chief later told journalists that the troops would sustain the tempo in all operations currently going on in the North East region.
He said troops would be enhanced to sustain the tempo of the operations even as the rains intensified.
He emphasised the need for the troops to remain committed and disciplined in their respective duty posts.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Buratai defied the heavy rainfall to break fast with the troops in their trenches in the front line.
NAN also reports that Konduga is one of the most attacked areas by Boko Haram fighters since 2014.