Army boss launches 'Operation Lafiya Dole'

The new code name was derived from Hausa language, which literally translates ``Peace by All Means.''

 

Maj.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Acting Chief of Army Staff, on Sunday launched `Operation Lafiya Dole' as a new code name for a fresh impetus by the military to tackle the activities of Boko Haram.

This replaces the former 'Operation Zaman Lafiya'

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Buratai announced this while addressing troops of the 103 Battalion in Konduga, headquarters of Konduga Local Government Area of Borno.

He said that the objective was to transform the army professionally as well as fast track the war against the Boko Haram terrorists.

"It is the wish of the Federal Government to end this terrorism quickly in this part of the country and indeed some other challenges in the South South and other parts of the country. This will make us to have a very peacful country free from any insecurity,'' Buratai said.

He lamented that the fight against terrorism had lasted for a very long time without much results.

He said Consequently as from today July 19, we are here to bury the `Operation Zaman Lafiya' and give birth to what we will henceforth call `Operation Lafiya Dole'.

Operation Lafiya Dole is derived from the belief that we must end this insecurity. We must restore peace to all parts of the North East and other parts of the country that are affected by insurgency.

"We are going to carry this as a war and I appeal to all and sundry to give this operaton maximum cooperation. We will carry the civil population along, we wil also observe the principle of human rights and respect human dignity. We will not trample on anybody's right,'' Buratai said.

He expressed optimism that the operation will yield dividends in a very short time.

"As the insurgents have refused to understand and come to the right way we must force them to make sure that peace return to all parts of Nigeria,'' Buratai said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Acting Chief of Army Staff also visited the Shehu of Borno Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Garbai at his palace in Maiduguri.

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