Kaduna State Governor Malam Nasir el-Rufai has again called on the Nigerian Armed Forces to facilitate the aerial bombardment of terrorist hideouts and decimate them in order to save the country.
The Governor spoke as the guest of honor at the ongoing Combat Arms Training (CAT) Week 2022 hosted by the Nigerian Army (NA) Infantry and Armor Corps at Jaji , in Kaduna State, yesterday.
Represented by Homeland Security and Home Affairs Commissioner Samuel Aruwan, the governor called for sustained joint operations against terrorist enclaves.
He said, “As we all know, Nigeria is currently facing many security challenges which have hampered the pace of our national development. It is therefore timely that we work together to combat our real and perceived adversaries in order to restore our national identity. pride and dignity.”
The governor praised the military for preventing further damage in the March 28 terrorist attack on an Abuja-Kaduna train, where nine passengers were killed and 62 abducted.
He urged security agencies not to relax their efforts to find the perpetrators of this horrific act and bring them to justice.
He said: “Current challenges crucially demand that we rejuvenate, calibrate and strive diligently to maintain optimal levels of cooperation, for anything less than a fully collaborative spirit can turn our best efforts into liabilities rather than into assets for the entire security architecture.
During the event, Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Faruk Yahaya said the unprecedented cooperation and alliance between infantry and armored corps would enhance the army’s ability to degrade and decimate all adversaries.
He said the army has so far recorded many successes in the various theaters of operations despite some challenges.
He assured that through effective training, good planning and result-oriented use of resources, the insurgents would be defeated in the shortest possible time.
Infantry Corps Commander Major General Victor Ezugwu said the week’s theme for CAT underscored the growing need to review operations at the tactical level.