To boost the morale of soldiers, the Nigerian Army on Monday approved the promotion of not less than 5,000 soldiers who have been involved in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents in the north eastern part of the country.
The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, while announcing the approval, said that it was in a bid to boost the morale of the troops and reposition its operations.
He said that the promotion was in line with the vision of the Army Command to encourage the troops and boost their combat readiness and willingness in their fight to end insurgency.
“Since we came on board, we have introduced several measures aimed at encouraging our troops to give their best in the service of their nation.
“The approval of the accelerated promotion of 5,000 soldiers was to redeem the promise made by my predecessor to the troops fighting insurgents in the North-East.
“It is my belief that this promotion, coupled with other incentives, will encourage our troops to fight for our country,” he said.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, also said that the ongoing counter insurgency operations in the northeast would seek the release of the adopted Chibok girls and others adopted by the Boko Haram group.
According to him, the Nigerian Army is in the process of identifying the exact spot the adopted school girls are kept by their captor and would swing into action immediately, with a view to rescuing them.