Friday, 2nd July 2021: The Acting General Officer Commanding, (GOC), 7 Division, Brigadier General Abdulwahab Eyitayo, has lauded troops’ fighting spirit and doggedness against Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa Province terrorists across the theatre of operation.
Eyitayo commended the troops in his maiden operational tour of 24 Task Force Brigade in Dikwa, Special Intervention Battalion IV and Mobile Strike Team 16 in New Marte.
The Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.
The GOC, who is also the Commander Sector 1, Joint Task Force North East Operation HADIN KAI, commended troops’ high level of alertness and fighting spirit in recent encounters with the terrorists.
He urged them to sustain the momentum and ensure that remnants of the terrorists were completely neutralised.
Eyitayo also conveyed the appreciation of the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Faruk Yahaya, to the troops for their gallantry in the fight against insurgency.
He disclosed that the COAS was determined to ensure that adequate equipment and logistics are made available to enhance their fighting efficiency, adding that troops’ welfare was paramount to him.
The GOC assured the troops of prompt support from the Air Component Task Force, emphasising that synergy amongst the Armed Forces and other security agencies was a force multiplier, essential for operational success.
Eyitayo further disclosed that rotation was ongoing in the theatre as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari, urging them to remain focused, vigilant and committed as those due for rotation would be rotated accordingly.
Eyitayo said his visit was necessitated by the need to evaluate and address security and operational challenges, as well as issues bordering on welfare of the troops.