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We’re fighting threat to national security –Buratai

The Chief of Army Staff , Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai , said on Friday that the current operations of the Nigerian Army across the country was aimed at stopping activities of some persons, who were bent on threatening the nation’ s security .

Burutai made this remark at the executive session of the ongoing 13 th All Nigeria Editors ’ Conference in Port Harcourt .
He recalled that the Nigerian Army had earlier launched Operation Mesa at some northern states and the Middle Belt with a view to tackling the challenges of cattle rustling , kidnapping and clashes between herdsmen and farmers .

On the launching of Operations Python Dance II and Crocodile Smile II in the South -East and South -South respectively, Buratai pointed out that the entire exercise was to end the rising cases of militancy , pipeline vandalism and kidnapping in the regions.

Explaining that the Army was always guided by professionalism in their conduct in the regions, the Army chief, who was represented by General Officer Commanding, 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Major -General Enobong Okon Udoh , maintained that more operations would be launched in order to improve national security .

“ The core value that emanates from professionalism and responsiveness in my own opinion includes training , welfare , operational exigencies, logistics, civil -military cooperation, interagency cooperation and observance of human rights .

“ Typical examples of pillar of professionalism and responsiveness are the exercises that the Nigerian Army has been conducting in all established areas in the country . These exercises are aimed at focusing the personnel to relative professional scenarios as against stimulated training situations .

“ Exercise Hadi Kunama 11 , which took place in Southern Kaduna and Samgore forest in Kaduna respectively, the clearing operation in Niger and Zamfara States as well as the forthcoming Exercise Crocodile Smile 11 and Exercise Egwu Eke , which is ongoing are typical examples .

“ More of such exercises are being planned to tackle existing security challenges in the country . The challenges of cattle rustling , herdsmen-farmers clashes and kidnapping in some Northern states and the Middle Belt are being tackled through the conduct of Operation Mesa.

“ In the same light, the challenges of militancy , kidnapping and pipeline vandalism in the southern part of the country have been accorded adequate attention in the Nigerian Army order of service , ” he said.

In his remark, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, said a total of 259 bills were so far presented to the 8 th Senate, adding that 147 of the bills had been read for the third time and passed into law.

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