Dikwa (Borno), Dec. 17, 2017 (TNE) Maj.-Gen. Rogers Nicholas, the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, has tasked field commanding officers to demonstrate good leadership qualities to ensure the successful completion of the counter-insurgency operation in the northeast.
Nicholas gave the charge during an operational visit to the 22 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Dikwa, on Saturday.
He said that it is imperative for commanding officers in the fronts to lead their men well to enable them crush the Boko Haram insurgents.
Nicholas advised the commanders to be creative and demonstrate high sense of discipline in the management of their commands as well as civic military relations.
The commander noted that such initiative is necessary to fast track the campaign, boosts troops’ morale as well as encourage the insurgents to voluntarily surrender
“Once you are given responsibility of leadership and command; you must be seen to be leading, you must be seen to be commanding properly. My advice is to tell the junior commanders to always make sure that they lead their men well.
“And by doing that you are always concerned, in touch with them; you are with them in the trenches, you are with them where ever they go, patrols and other things. It is the responsibility of the junior commanders to see that these soldiers do their work professionally.
“We are making serious progress and we dealing with the insurgents very well, it is a good news for all our soldiers so that we can finish this operation as quickly as possible so that they can come back home to their families”.
Nicholas also admonished the soldiers to be disciplined, dedicated and conduct themselves professionally in the fight against the insurgents.
The commander warned that the command will not condone laxity and unprofessional conduct on the part of soldiers engaged in the war against Boko Haram insurgents.
Nicholas disclosed that the government has adopted proactive measures to ensure adequate provision of logistics and improvement of soldiers’ welfare.
The commander also visited troops of the 122 Task Force Battalion, Mafa.
The commander was accompanied by the Commander 22 Brigade, Brig.-Gen. Salisu Idris, Air Component Commander, Air vice Marshal Idi Lubo, and the Maritime Component Commander, Commodore, Aminu Hassan.