The Outgoing Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Gabriel Abayomi Olonisakin, said that the Armed Forces of Nigeria, under his leadership was able to reclaim all territories that were then under the control of the Boko Haram.
He noted that he was able to achieve the aforesaid feat with the support of the political leadership and indeed all Nigerians.
Olonisakin, said this today during his official handover to the new Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Lucky Irabor, at the Defence Headquarters (DHQ), Abuja.

He charged General Irabor to ensure that Nigeria remains one united country.
General Olomisakin recalled that at the inception of the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, the Boko Haram Terrorist group held sway in parts of the North East Nigeria, where the Sect occupied 20 out of 26 Local Government Areas in Borno State.
He noted that his immediate challenge on assumption of office was to flush out the Boko Haram and restore Nigeria’s sovereignty over these occupied territories.
“While the terrorism/insurgency by the Boko Haram remain a security issue the country is grappling with, the Armed Forces is equally engaged in assisting the government in addressing other security issues, in line with our constitutional roles.

“It gladdens my heart that the incoming Chief of Defence Staff is very familiar with these security challenges having previously served as Theatre Commander, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Commander Multinational Joint Task Force and above all, the immediate past Chief of Training and Operations at the Defence Headquarters. There couldn’t have been a better choice of a seasoned senior officer who will hit the ground running as the Chief of Defence Staff.

“I must state that while the Armed Forces of Nigeria, under my leadership, grappled with some operational and logistics challenges, the DHQ has made some modest achievements aimed at improving operational capacity, logistics and welfare needs of officers and men serving in the Defence Headquarters. In terms of organisation, some directorates of the DHQ were upgraded to departments to make them more impactful. Some of these are the former Directorate of Civil-Military Affairs, which have been upgraded to a Department to scale up our non-kinetic operation”.
The new CDS, Major General Lucky Irabor solicited the support of Nigerians to tackling the current security challenges, adding that, “we are all aware of the security landscape and should join hands to take security to all the nooks of the country.
He promised to give the right leadership that will inspire the Armed Forces.

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