The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt Gen Tukur Yusufu Buratai on Tuesday paid an operational visit to Headquarters 1 Brigade Nigerian Army and frontline troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI fighting kidnapping, cattle rustling, armed banditry and the varying forms of criminality in the North Western part of Nigeria.
The Chief of Army Staff, who was represented by the Chief of Training and Operations Army, Major General Lamidi Adeosun joined the Muslim faithfuls to mark this years’ Eid Fitr prayer at the Force Headquarters, Operation HADARIN DAJI in Gusua, Zamfara state.
Maj Gen Adeosun later delivered the Chief of Army Staff’s goodwill message to the Officers and Soldiers of the Nigerian Army (1 Brigade & HADARIN DAJI) shortly after the prayers.
He commended the troops for their dedication, sacrifices and loyalty to the Nation. He urged them to remain steadfast in the ongoing efforts to checkmate insurgency, banditry and other associated insecurities in Nigeria.
Earlier, the Chief Imam of 1 Brigade, Capt A Kado also offered prayers for the protection and victory of the Chief of Army Staff, Officers and Soldiers of the Nigerian Army as well as the entire people of Nigeria.
The Chief of Army Staff representative later visited the troops deployed to the Forward Operation Base (FOB) Kauran Namoda, Operation HADARIN DAJI in Zamfara State.
He interacted with the troops while boosting their morale by charging them to defeat all forms of criminality especially armed banditry in their Area of Responsibility (AOR). He read the COAS good will message to the troops.
The COAS representative later paid a courtesy visit to the newly inaugurated Governor of Zamfara State, Hon. Dr. Mohammed Bello alongside members of his entourage.
The Executive Governor who was visibly elated showered encomiums on the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai for his commitment in ensuring Nigeria becomes a peaceful entity. He also pledged to support the Nigerian Army by providing the necessary logistics to ensure the menace of armed banditry is eliminated across the State. He used the opportunity to request for more manpower to enable troops reopen the Gusau — Katsina — Sokoto road occasionally disturbed by bandits.
The visit to Zamfara State reached a climax when the COAS hosted officers and soldiers of 1 Brigade Nigerian Army to Sallah Day Luncheon with the Executive Governor of the State and members of his council in attendance.