The Nigeria army would re-strategize its operations to solidly defend any part of the country under threat, Maj. Gen. Tukur Buratai, newly appointed Chief of Army Staff, has said.
Gen. Buratai said this on Friday in restive northeast city of Damaturu in Yobe State, where suicide bombers killed some Muslims worshipers.
The new military chief said he was committed to building a professional and responsive army that would execute its constitutional responsibilities with high sense of commitment.
“My mission statement is to build a professional and responsive army because I have realized that although we have a professional army, the aspect of responsiveness is missing,” he added.
“Troops have failed to respond to distress calls that would have redeemed a situation, this has to stop under my watch. We will relate very well with other sister agencies to achieve our set goals,” he said.
The army chief said he was also determined to ensure that army would continue to promote the unity of the country.
Earlier, spokesperson for the Nigerian Army, Col. Sani Usman, confirmed the death of 50 persons in two separate bomb explosions in Damaturu, Yobe, on Friday morning.
He said the explosions occurred at screening areas of the Eid prayer ground.
According him, many other persons are injured in the explosions suspected to have been masterminded by insurgents.
He said that 43 persons died in the first explosion while seven people died in the second explosion.
The spokesman however assured the public that the relevant authorities had brought the situation under control. Enditem