“Deal ruthlessly with IPOB terrorists”: Buhari tells Army

The Buhari led administration have finally tagged IPOB as a terror group.

IPOB had flatly denied that tag claiming that all her operations are peaceful.

IPOB also said the United Nations support the rights of any group of people for self-determination.

The call on the Nigerian Army to deal “ruthlessly” with IPOB members came at the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Annual Conference.

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The conference which ended yesterday in Owerri, the Imo State capital attracted dignitaries from the South East.

The Nigerian Military vowed to deal with those threatening the peace and ‘territorial integrity’ of Nigeria.

The Army directed the threat at militants working to engage in security threats in the SE, SS and NE

The Army reiterated its readiness to defend Nigeria against “both internal and external aggression”.

“We will do what it takes as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“The conference re-emphasised the imperative for effective training, adaptive leadership, and discipline.

“It also sought to improve operational responsiveness backed with functional logistics.

“The aim is for sustaining the enormous gains recorded by the Nigerian Army across the entire spectrum of its operations.

“The conference also commended the efforts of various states and LGAs in facilitating peace initiatives.

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“It noted with commendation the effort of the Nigerian Army at building confidence among the parties in dispute.

“The importance of intelligence sharing among security agencies was also highlighted.

“The Conference noted the innovative efforts of the Nigerian Army.

“The Army has begun to locally modify and re-fit some of its platforms which have aided ongoing operations.

“This innovation saved the country enormous foreign exchange as well as enhanced combat efficiency,” communique noted.

The Communiqué also concluded by saying Nigerian Army discharged its mandate with respect for human rights.