In what appears like a volt face, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Monday, denied the accused of lack of commitment by commanders and soldiers in the war against insurgency, terrorism in the North-East.
After a visit to Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State in Maiduguri, the army chief, made the denial while responding to questions said he was quoted out of context.
“Let me categorically say that I never said in my remarks that the troops lack commitment.
“It was completely wrong and I want to believe that somehow, I was quoted out of context and probably with an element of mischief.
“If you read that remark which was published on our website, you will see that there is nothing like lack of commitment.
“Some have even gone beyond that and quoted me as saying that the troops are cowards. This is far, far from the truth,’’ he said.
Buratai said, it was rather unfortunate that some journalists and newspaper houses went far to in distort the facts, bringing in mind that the statement was made while re-assessing operations and find solutions to the challenges being faced in order to do better during a training workshop.
“Counter-insurgency is a complex operation; it is quite fluid,’’ he said, adding that in such operations, “you deal with an enemy that you cannot easily identify.’’
It would be remembered that Buratai had at a leadership transformational workshop for middle cadre officers and soldiers in Abuja on June 18, said that some setbacks in operations in recent times stemmed from “insufficient commitment’’ by those at the frontlines.
Speaking at the workshop: “It is unfortunate, but the truth is that almost every setback the Nigeria army has had in our operations in recent times can be traced to insufficient willingness to perform assigned tasks.
“Or simply, insufficient commitment to a common national/military course by those at the frontlines.
“Many of those on whom the responsibility for physical actions against the adversary squarely falls are yet to fully take ownership of our common national or Service course.”