The Nigerian Army has adopted the “maneouvrist approach” to warfare in its bid to checkmate the renewed security and safety threats in the Niger Delta and the north-east.
According to the Sun, the chief of army staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, disclosed this to newsmen shortly after the graduation ceremony of Junior Course 81/2016 at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji, Kaduna state.
As part of the new approach adopted by the army, Buratai said the army had inaugurated a motorcycle unit that was already operational in the north-east.
The army chief said the new approach to tackling insecurity was being improved upon with the training of middle level and senior military officers.
“We look at the issue of counter-revolutionary warfare as well as the counter-insurgency training, and that is what we are focusing on. I am proud to say that virtually all of our training institutions have adapted to these changes and have since begun the process of integrating them.
“Since 2001 to 2002, we have shifted towards the maneouvrist approach to warfare, and this is further being developed to incorporate more seriously, the counter-insurgency aspect of the strategy, based on our experiences with the Boko Haram terrorists and, indeed, by extension, the militancy in the Niger Delta,” Buratai said.
At the graduation ceremony, Buratai urged the graduating students to apply the skills they had gotten in confronting the internal security challenges in the country.
Meanwhile, a team of local vigilante in Damboa in Borno state led by Sarkin Yaki Ali Gwoza recently intercepted some persons along Njaba road, south of Damboa town while on patrol.
During preliminary interrogation, they confessed that they were Boko Haram members, but added that they were compelled to join the insurgency against their will.
According to a statement by the acting director Army public relations, Colonel Sani Usman, they also informed their captors said they were on their way to Damboa to surrender to the military.