Participants of the Course 2, Army War College have been charged to develop Leadership capacity to enable them effectively manage human and other resources in future tasks and assignments. The Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Rogers Nicholas, gave the charge when the participants, led by the institution’s Director of Education and team leader, Brigadier General Okpe Ali, paid a visit recently to the Headquarters, Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole in Maiduguri. The participants, according to the Institution’s Course Sponsor, Brigadier General Akpan numbered 37, comprising 33 Officers of the Nigerian Army and one participant each from the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, the Nigeria Immigration Service and the Federal Road Safety Commission.
Receiving the participants at the Headquarters, Theatre Command, General Nicholas expressed delight that the Army War College introduced visit to the North East theatre of operations into its training curricular for the participants. He noted that the participants’ tour of the operational theatre will enable them access first hand information from military Field Commanders as well as from Commanders of other security agencies.
Speaking further, the Theatre Commander averred that with the passionate support and operational guidance of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, the Boko Haram insurgents have been greatly depleted and lack the capability to conduct any meaningful attack on troops’ location. He added that on account of the operational strangulation of the insurgents by troops, the terrorists have callously resorted to safe face by attacking vulnerable and soft targets with Person Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (PBIED) as well as burying IEDs on roads and tracks. The Theatre Commander however noted that troops have responsively mitigated several of the suicide bomb attacks. General Nicholas identified the challenges of the ongoing Counter terrorism and Counter insurgency operations in the north east theatre to include lack of Counter IED equipment, insufficiency of accurate actionable intelligence, impropriety in NGOs’ activities and lack of community resilience on the part of the locals.
In a succinct remark, the team leader, Brigadier General Okpeh Ali stated that the participants ‘ visit to the theatre of operation was in tandem with the mission of the Army War College to educate and train future leaders for the Nigerian Army and other security agencies. While commending the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole for the operational successes so far achieved, Gen Ali noted that since arrival in the theatre, the participants have been exposed to the field of operations and series of lectures from various security agencies, stressing that the participants have become better informed on the operational activities of troops in the theatre.
The participants who had earlier visited troops’ location at Konduga in Konduga Local Government Area of Borno state, were afterwards presented with a lecture titled ” Counter Terrorism and Counter Insurgency Operations in Nigeria: Inter agency Collaboration, the Operation Lafiya Dole Perspective “.