The Nigerian Army will not be distracted in its resolve to end Boko Haram insurgency in the North East, Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole gave this assurance while speaking with newsmen in Maiduguri on Saturday.
The Commander was reacting to an online publication alleging diversion of money meant for the prosecution of the war by the military high command.
“The attention of Theatre Command has been drawn to some issues in the online Sahara Reporters of June 24, with a story line alleging that the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and his wives own some properties in Dubai.
“The report among other vicious and smear campaign issues, impugned that some `concerned officers and soldiers in the North East’ allegedly wrote a petition on the state of affairs in the Operation Lafiya Dole,” he said.
“What a baseless, unfounded and wicked insinuation, it is for this reason that I call you today to clear issues as they affect Operation Lafiya Dole.
“The other issue regarding property in Dubai is outside my purview, but has been responded to appropriately by the Acting Director Army Public Relations.
“The COAS, since assumption of office, has taken the affairs of Operation Lafiya Dole to a level that showed unparalleled commitment to the operational effectiveness and good welfare of troops.
“For example, since January 2016 till now, the COAS has provided various quantities of ammunition types, vehicles and other equipment in the Theatre.
“He has equally provided uniforms and boots for all the troops in Operation Lafiya Dole,” Irabor added.
“The payment of allowances and other requirements have been regular and in most cases, up-front. The COAS’ regular visits to the front line are well known to all. “The aggregate impact of the efforts is the huge operational successes being recorded in the Theatre. “The morale of troops has equally risen to a level that was never witnessed in the past,” Irabor said.