"We Can't Win This Kind of War Militarily."- Military Urges Nigerians to Increase Support For Government, Hypes For Collaborative Efforts


The Military high Command on Thursday has urged citizens to increase support for the government at various levels through heart and mind projects indicative of good governance, noting that this kind of war cannot be won militarily. 

Major General Benard Buba, Director of Defence Media operations gave this charge on Thursday in Abuja at the bi-weekly media briefing on the ongoing operations across the geopolitical zones of the country. 

Addressing the Media, General Buba affirmed that troops are recording successes week in and week out in the ongoing counters insurgency operations across the country, on the other hand, the classic principle of counterinsurgency is that we can not win this kind of war militarily. 

"We have eliminated several terrorist, their leaders and commanders. Troops are continually going after the terrorist and dislodging them from their hideouts. I n spite of all these, it would appear that there more to be done to win this war out side the use of military pressure.

"we must now win this war by changing the conditions that make the insurgents willing to fight. We must also win the war by increasing support for the government at various levels through heart and mind projects indicative of good governance.

General Buba also noted that "there is no doubt that, the times that we are in, is difficult and therefore a watershed moment for our country". 

He urged citizens to realize that tough times do not last, but tough people do. "As a people, we are renowned for our pride in bei ng tough and resilient. There is a a no better time to manifest these qualities in us in overcoming the pains of today, in order for the gains of tomorrow. I dare say th at, this too shall pass."he stressed 

The military opined that the time is ripe for patriotic and well-meaning citizens to contribute alternative ideas on ways to make a difference in turning the situation around. "Collaborative effort is essential at this time. Simply put, we are one people, one nation and one destiny.

Giving updates of operations across all theatres, General Buba said during the week under review, troops neutralised 286 and arrested 244 of them. Troops also arrested 83 perpetrators of oil theft and rescued 122 kidnapped hostages. In the SS, troops denied the oil theft of the estimated sum of Two Billion Five Hundred and Sixty Five Million Four Hundred and Seventy  Nine Thousand and Seven Hundred and Twenty Naira (N2,565,479,720.00) only.

He added that troops recovered 587 assorted weapons and 7,943 assorted ammunition. The breakdown as follows: 207 AK47 rifles, 56 locally fabricated guns, 17 pump action guns, 10 locally fabricated pistols, 22 dane guns, one FN rifle, 6 double barrel automatic pump action, 2 double barrel guns, 2 x 36 hand grenades and 10 IEDs.

Others are: 4,088 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 2,529 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 138 rounds of 9mm ammo, 39 rounds of 7.62mm refilled ammo, 331 P445 rounds of 7.62mm special, 180 rounds 5.5mm ammo, 2 PKT link of 7.62mm special, 445 live cartridges, 67 magazines, 6 HH radios,14 vehicles, 32 motorcycles, 34 mobile phones and the sum of N4,876,950.00 amongst other items.

Troops in the Niger Delta area discovered and discovered and destroyed 134 dugout pits, 79 boats and 116 storage tanks.  Other items recovered include 149 cooking ovens, one speedboat, 11 vehicles, 8 motorcycles and 74 illegal refining sites. Troops recovered 2,947,770 litres of stolen crude oil, 251,800 litres of illegally refined AGO, 6,125 litres of DPK and 6,790 litres of PMS.

The military is wasting no time and sparing any effort to ensure security and safety of citizens across the country. Accordingly, we would continue to take necessary measures to ensure a secured and safer environment for citizens.

"Following  the chorus of voices saturating the air waves  in the country, there is no gain saying that, there are sailent challenges affecting our country that require practical ideas and solutions. It is against this background that the military finds itself uniquely  positioned to unabatedly address the security challenges in the country." he said

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