In what applies a reaction to the letter by anonymous soldier to President Muhammadu Buhari, intimating him of unwholesome corruption by high ranking officers in the fight against Boko Haram in the North East of the country, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Nigerian Army, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, Monday, sent a special message of assurance, encouragement and commendation to troops engaged in various operations both within and outside the country.
A statement from Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, Director Army Public Rations on Monday, said Lieutenant General Buratai in the letter showered encomiums on the troops for the unflinching loyalty, perseverance, courage and dedication to duty which brought about the desired success in the fight against terrorism, insurgency and other criminal activities.
“He also paid glowing tribute to those troops stationed outside the shores of our great nation. The COAS has also assured troops especially those on Operation Lafiya Dole of their welfare.
“This is coming from the good news of the release of funds for the payment of operational allowances and logistics for the Third Quarter 2017 from the Ministry of Defence.
“He further stated that this would facilitate the payment of operational allowances owed to them for the last 2 months this week accordingly. The COAS while thanking them for their patriotism, patience and understanding, further reiterated that he will ensure that as usual, all funds meant for the troops and the Operation Lafiya Dole will always be paid promptly when received from the appropriate Ministries.
“He further stated that the Nigerian Army High Command under his leadership will continue to remain responsible, responsive and accountable to troops’ operational requirements.
“While commending the troops for their bravery, discipline and loyalty, he nevertheless reminded them to always have confidence and trust on the leadership of the Nigerian Army and indeed that of the nation,” the statement said.
It however, added that troops must work hard to flush out the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists wherever they were hibernating, including the cyber terrorists.