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Maj. Gen Buraitai to Change the Face of War Against Insurgency



Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Buratai on Sunday continued his tour to the troubled Borno state which has been ravaged by activities of Boko Haram.

While siting the need to bring the insurgents to their knees, he emphasized that cooperation is needed if the army is to succeed.

The Acting Chief therefore, launched a new code name for the military operation against the terror group; “Operation Lafiya Dole” meaning, Operation living in peace is a must. The new code name was derived from the Hausa language, which literally translates “Peace by All Means.”

This replaces the former “Operation Zaman Lafiya.”


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

He said 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.

Burutai 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.”

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 returns to all parts of Nigeria,” Buratai said.