The Chief of Army Staff, Major General Farouk Yahaya has taken time to visit some injured troops who are currently receiving treatment at the hospital in Maiduguri, Borno State.
The COAS visited the injured troops during his maiden operational visit to the Theatre Headquarters Joint Task Force North East Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK).
During his visit, he assured troops of adequate medicare and support in the ongoing counter-insurgency operations.
The maiden operational visit lasted from 16th-19 June, 2021 but the COAS visited the injured troops at the 7 Division Hospital and University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) on Friday, 18th June.
The Deputy Director Public Relations, 7 Division Nigerian Army/Joint Task Force (North East), Operation HADIN KAI, Col Ado Isa told Naija News in a statement on Saturday that Gen. Yahaya prayed for the quick recovery of the troops and assured them of government and army authority’s support for their welfare.
He also charged them to remain committed in the discharge of their duty and ensure all terrorists and criminals are defeated.
The statement reads in part: “While at the hospital, the COAS took time to interact with the soldiers and assured them of proper medical care and welfare, adding that their medical care is of utmost importance to him. He averred that the nation is indeed proud of their selfless service and sacrifices towards restoring peace to the North East region.
Similarly, the COAS visited the Mechanical Repair Group to inspect the ongoing repairs and refurbishment of vehicles at the workshop through the use of local resources. He commended the resilience and ingenuity of the engineers and technicians in fixing most of the vehicles that were hitherto classified as ‘beyond local repairs’.
The COAS appreciated the commitment and selflessness of the troops in the Theatre and implored them to exhibit a high level of professionalism and ensure that all remnants of Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists are neutralized.”
Earlier, the new Theatre Commander OPHK, Major General Christopher Musa briefed the COAS on the operational situation in the Theatre. He assured the COAS that all efforts will be geared towards bringing the war against terrorism to a decisive end.