Nigerian Army deploys four Mine Resistant Anti-Ambush Vehicles acquired for war against insurgents
London, August 14, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Four newly acquired Mine Resistant Anti-Ambush Personnel (MRAP) Vehicles by the Nigerian Army have been deployed to the theatre of counter insurgency operations in the Northeast in a show of strength.
The new acquisition were inducted on Tuesday by the The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, represented by the Chief of Training and Operations, Maj.-Gen. Enobong Udoh, in Maigumeri super camp in Maiduguri.
The ceremony also included Sallah celebration and lunch with troops of special forces in their camp as well as the tour of the camp under renovation by the army.
Buratai said the Mine Resistant Anti-Ambush Vehicles would offer increased firepower, enhanced force protection against small arms as well as improved capability.
He said that the induction ceremony was a boost to operational capability to decisively prosecute the ongoing counterterrorism operations.
He, however warned that deploying the equipment without strong will and determination by men, cannot win war.
“You must therefore remain resolute in the discharge of your duties while strengthening your commitment to end this war in no distant time.
“Let me assure you that we shall continue to give due priority and attention to specialised training as well as improve welfare for effective employment of special forces.
“You will recall that the Nigerian Army Special Forces Command was established recently to coordinate deployment and employment of all Special Forces across the country.
“This has brought about effective and efficient utilisation of special forces within the theatre of operation.
“The recent recapture of Baga by the special forces is most instructive in this regard,” he said.
While commending efforts of the special forces, Buratai said their acts of gallantry, selfless sacrifice and professional conduct had been instrumental to numerous successes recorded by the army in recent time against Boko Haram terrorists.
He pledged the commitment of army authorities to continue to provide the troops with the needed equipment, training and resources to deliver on their mandates in the defence of the nation.
The Commander, Special Forces Command, Maj.-Gen. Mhounday Ali, said the provision of the MRAPs would spur the command to ensure that remnants of ISWAP and Boko Haram were swept off Nigerian territory.
He said the command had resolved since its establishment in 2018 to look inward in fabricating the needed weapons and vehicle spares.
“The provisions of these dearly required armoured vehicles has further buttressed the Chiefs unflinching support to the command.
“It is against this backdrop that, I on behalf of officers and men of the command wish to reiterate our commitment and assurance that, we will not relent in our effort to shape the battle situation in the theatre.
“To my Muslim brothers in whose honour we are gathered this morning, I pray that, Allah will answer our supplications, give us the strength, wisdom and knowledge to execute this war to a logical end in our time.
“I also pray that God Almighty will forgive and grant our colleagues who have paid the supreme price in the course of this war against the terrorists,” he said.