The Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Monday explained that President Muhammadu Buhari directed the military to build more security infrastructure throughout the regions of the country because of the rising sophistication of crimes in the country.
The Army Chief, who spoke at the ground-breaking ceremony of the Nigerian Army Barracks, Camp Buratai at Elebele in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, stressed that the armed forces should have a firm grip of all its areas of operation.
He explained that the 16th Brigade located in Yenagoa, the 6th Division and 6th Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, the 17th Brigade under the new 8th Division with headquarters in Operation Lafia Dole in Monguno and several others were to enable the military effectively surmount the security challenges in the country.
Buratai said, “The establishment of 6th Brigade in Port Harcourt, 6th Division in Port Harcourt and the 16th Brigade in Yenagoa forms an important part of the president’s desire to have a balanced and widespread footprints of the Nigerian army to deal with the myriads of security challenges facing the country in conjunction with other security agencies.
“Our current national security realities have compelled the armed forces and other government security agencies to act together in operations in many parts of the country to stem the tides of criminalities and other untoward behaviour that hurts us as a country.
“To achieve this, we the leaders and instruments of fate must therefore, put in place necessary measures, to look after the wellbeing of officers of soldiers saddled with the responsibility of keeping Nigeria safe.”
The COAS added that the federal government under Buhari placed premium on the welfare of soldiers fighting to keep the country safe.
He said, “It is for this reason that the government will continue to provide decent living and working environment for troops, their families and dependents while they are away in far-flung and isolated locations at the mercies of adverse weather conditions and sometimes enemies of the state.
“Thus, this barracks that we are about to commence its construction underscores the importance the government under the leadership of President Buhari places on troops’ welfare,” he noted.