Boko Haram Resurgence: Military Accepts Errors, Identifies Fault-lines

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The Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, General Gabriel Olonisakin says the Defence Headquarters has identified lapses that have resulted to failures in the joint operations of the nation’s military in prosecuting the war against Boko Haram terrorists in the North East.

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He stated that after reviewing some past and ongoing joint operations of the Armed Forces, the Defence Headquarters identified the gaps in the planning and execution of joint operations. He, however, refused to disclose the faulty areas.

The Defence chief, who spoke on Monday while delivering a keynote address at the opening ceremony of the Advanced Joint Operations Planning Course in Abuja, noted that the current trend in modern warfare necessitated the need for joint operations among members of the nation’s armed forces.

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He expressed happiness that the development had significantly degraded the Boko Haram capabilities and restored governance in the North East, adding that “Notwithstanding these achievements, the Defence Headquarters has reviewed some past and ongoing joint operations and identified some gaps in the planning and execution of these operations.”

Represented at the occasion by the Chief of Administration, Defence Headquarters, Rear Admiral Andrew Dacosta, the CDS disclosed that the identification of fault lines in the military operations in the North East brought about the need to build operational capacity for the Armed Forces of Nigeria in the planning and execution of joint operations.

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He explained that the course was designed to further enhance the understanding of participants in all the processes required for a successful planning and execution of joint operations, adding that it was expected that at the end of course, they would be well equipped with skills required for vertical and horizontal integration of plans during the execution of joint operations.

While informing participants that their selection cut across the strategic and operational level, Olonisakin charged them to bring the knowledge they gained from the course to bear on the planning and execution of the ongoing and future joint operations when they return to their various service headquarters, units and establishments.

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He expressed appreciation to the British Military and Advisory Team for the training cooperation between Nigeria and Britain, saying the British efforts towards building the desired capacity for addressing Nigeria’s internal security challenges were commendable.

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