Yesterday, President Muhammad Bukhari gave marching orders to Nigerian troops to be ruthless in the battle against pastoralists, bandits and kidnappers in the country.
He urged them to maintain good work in the results achieved in the fight against banditry, abductions and a storm of livestock in the affected states for a short period of the operation's existence.
Speaking shortly before Abuja departed from Umaru International Airport Musa Yar Adua, Katsina, the president, who interacted with troops deployed to combat the activities of bandits and criminals in Zamfar and neighboring countries under the operations of Sharan Daja and Diran Mikiya, praised them for their service and devotion to the people.
In particular, Bukhari's visit to the soldiers was to assess the work of the Nigerian armed forces for the tremendous results achieved in securing this nation and its people.
President Bukhari praised the staff of the air force of Nigeria and the army for their counter-offensive against the bandits in the state and the environs of Zamfara, forcing them to fully support him as a "worthy commander-in-chief".
He said: "I am pleased here with this opportunity to address you and express my pleasure and happiness as your commander-in-chief in your work on two relevant operations.
"The Nigerians are looking for you and us to provide the country. What happens in the areas of operations is disgraceful. I am very pleased with how officers and men firmly lower it, and I want you to be as ruthless as possible in human terms. Nigerians deserve some peace. "
The President reminded the troops that, when he was elected in office in 2015, he promised the security of the nation, an improved economy and an obligation to fight corruption.
He said: "The country must be provided to be ruled, we do everything possible, and we strongly depend on you to do what is necessary in this area. I do not want you to spare a storm for cattle, an armed robber or any person who believes that he is above the law.
"I thank you for the work that you have been doing so far, and I assure you that I will remain worthy of the commander-in-chief. Thank you very much, and God will bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria, "the president said.
In his brief interview with the president, the commander of an air officer, the Special Operational Command of the NAF, Sampson Akpas, said that places such as Mashhema, Shinkafi, Adzhia, Rafi, Shamashalle, Tsurmi and Galadi in the Zamfar State, previously used as bases for bandits, were made insolvent as a result of a prolonged air attack and armed intelligence.
"Air efforts over the past couple of weeks have also supported the air support of ground forces in various cases. In addition, the air target group (ATF) responded to several distress calls from the forces and local residents, neutralizing the identified massive bandits and preventing unavoidable attacks on villages / towns such as Janvari and Khain Alkh, "said Akpasa.
In the spirit of the celebration of Sallah, the president sacrificed five bulls to the troops.
The army warns soldiers against the insurrection
Meanwhile, the Nigerian army warned its officers yesterday against any insurgency, saying that the military will not tolerate any form of insurrection or rebellion by soldiers fighting with the militants of Boko Haram.
Operation commander Operation Lafia Dole, Major-General Abbas Dikko, warned about this during the launch at the Maiduguri Military Command Center.
He condemned the acts of rebellion under any guise, considering that the law and ethics on which the Nigerian army relies will completely follow the strange soldiers.
Dikko reminded them of their oath of recruitment, indicating that they voluntarily joined the military and as such, should be disciplined.
He said: "You decided to put your life on the line of territorial integrity of Nigeria. Therefore, it is very important that we are reminded of our roles and responsibilities to the nation and our responsibility to society, and most importantly for our responsibility to ourselves, because we are not an army of recruits. We are regular military.
"Those who voluntarily volunteered to serve, and this is the only time when you volunteer, afterwards offering your service, the responsibility for the deployment of services lies exactly on you, where they deem you necessary.
"Therefore, it is important that we continue to maintain our professional level so that we can work hard. It is important that we uphold the values and ethics of the system to which we belong.
"It is also important that we understand that this is a service for our fatherland. This is not a service for ourselves. The basis of your ministry as a soldier is discipline. The soldier must remain disciplined at all times. The soldier must obey the instructions. "
On the fate of soldiers who protested at the international airport of Maiduguri, Dikko said that they will be disciplined in accordance with military laws.
His words: "We are not punished in the army. We discipline. Discipline is the basis of the work. If there is no discipline, then we can not have an army. So, if the soldier is wrong, he must be corrected.
"We are focused and do what we must do to complete the task that is given to us. Regardless of what is required, we will do it professionally. All are motivated and well serviced.
"There are some that are not here, and you do not know what they are going through. You can not say that you have heard how they complained that they are not in towns. Some of them are in inaccessible places. So, we need to understand the difficult times we ended up in. "