The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Azubuike Ihejirika Monday in Ilorin disclosed that the number of people so far killed by the Boko Hara sect is 3000.
Consequently he said activities of the sect had adversely taken economic and psychological tolls on the people and business in the northern part of the country.
Major Mohammed Abubakar who was represented the chief of army staff said this while declaring open the third inter-division and headquarters map reading competition organized by the Nigerian Army Education Corps (NAEC) at Sobi barrack in Ilorin..
Major Mohammed Abubakar the General Officer, Commanding 2 Division of the Nigerian Army, also said that the current security challenges in the country require collective and extra efforts to tackle.
According to him, “The changing nature of threats to Nigeria’s national security environment has manifested in the militancy, kidnapping, violent extremism and terrorism.
It is a known fact that terrorism worldwide is characterized by extremism, violence hatred, lack of respect for human dignity and constituted authority.
He added that,“The spate of bombings in parts of the north has necessitated the Nigerian Army to review its doctrine with a view to updating our training and operational procedures in order to fulfill our constitutional mandate.
Success in this pursuit, therefore calls for renewed and concerted efforts and initiative.
General Ihejirika urged all and sundry to remain resilient to “be able to overcome the miscreants and terrorist attacks on our psyche and our beloved country through conscientious effort for the country to make good progress.
It is in this line, that I commend the determination of NAEC to write and publish a book on ‘terrorism.’
“This will no doubt positively contribute to our determination to fight the present security challenges.
The book will also serve as a reference material for researchers on Nigeria Army viewpoint and strategy against domestic terrorism.”He added.
Earlier, the Corps Commander, NAEC, Major-General Lucky Banjiram said the current security challenges in the country had continued to undermine national security.
He added that the challenges had thereby placed great strains and demands on the Nigerian army’s resources,stressing that “it becomes necessary therefore to re-emphasise the need for training and retraining of army personnel”.
He explained that the competition is NAEC’s effort towards the training of its personnel and the creation of a pool of instructors in map reading for the Nigerian army.