Lt.-Gen. Kenneth Minimah, has embarked on an operational visit to units within 7 Division Area of Responsibility of the Nigerian army.
This is contained in a statement signed by Director, Army Public Relations, Brig-Gen. Lajide Laleye.
The statement said that the COAS was accompanied by the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adekunle Amosu.
They specifically visited troops deployed on Operation ZAMAN LAFIA in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa in the ongoing military operations against insurgents in the North-Eastern part of the country.
Addressing the troops during the visit in their different locations the COAS advised the soldiers to make discipline their watch word at all times.
He also urged them to remain resolute in the face of security challenges facing the country.
Minimah reminded the troops of their responsibility as soldiers, noting that as professional soldiers, they must rise to defend their fatherland.
He noted that the present security challenge facing the nation was not insurmountable if troops were well led and remain vigilant while carrying out assigned duties.
Minimah commended the troops for their hard work and dedication to duty, and promised that their welfare would remain his top priority.
The COAS also urged them to imbibe good maintenance culture to ensure that their equipment continue to serve them effectively.
He further advised troops to be steadfast in observing the rules of engagement in the conduct of ongoing operation.
“I am aware that your task is not an easy one, considering that you must defeat faceless and vicious enemies.
“At the same time, you must protect the rights of innocent citizens in the operational area,’’ he said.