Nigerian Army establishes 2 new divisions in Borno, Niger Delta

The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has announced the
establishment of the Nigerian Army 8 and 6 Divisions to be
located in the northern part of Borno and the South South region
respectively.
He however did not disclose the particular state of the South
South where the division would be sited.
Mr. Buratai, a lieutenant general, revealed this while delivering a
lecture titled “Nigerian Army: Challenges and Future Perspectives”
at the National Defence College, Abuja.
He said the establishment of the new divisions was part of a
strategic plan by the army to boost military operations against
insurgents, particularly in areas around the Lake Chad Basin.
In August 2013, the Nigerian Army established the 7th Infantry
Division in Maiduguri to boost the military’s counter-insurgency
operation in the North-East.
“We have established the 8 Division located in the northern part of
Borno, specifically to clear the area of the remaining terrorist
elements, while another division, 6 Division, will be established in
the South-South,” he said.
Mr. Buratai said the divisions would soon become fully operational
with logistics and manpower deployments.
Mr. Buratai said the establishment of the new divisions was part of
a strategic plan to improve on the Nigerian Army’s operational
capabilities in the face of emerging threats to national security.
He said the establishment of the additional formations would bring
the number of divisions in the Nigerian Army to eight.
“Emerging threats to the security of our nation, which has been
aggravated by the proliferation of armed groups, has added to the
task of the military in protecting the lives of Nigerians and the
integrity of its territory.
“The focus of the Nigerian Army, today, is to find lasting solutions
to these contemporary threats posed by the activities of the
armed groups and their allies.
“The Nigerian Army therefore remains poised to the extermination
of the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria.
“Today, they can no longer hold any territory as it used to be in
the past that is why they have resorted to the use of IEDs to hit
soft targets,” he said.
Mr. Buratai said the army would embark on an ambitious
expansion programme to address manpower needs of the force
to respond appropriately to contemporary threats to national
security.
He said the army planned to increase its personnel strength from
its present 100,000 strength force to slightly above 200,000 in the
next eight years.
According to him, 12,000 personnel would be recruited in 2016
alone to fill the vacancies created as a result of the new
establishments in the army.
He said the army’s expansion programme was aimed at boosting
its response capacity, stressing that its capabilities to effectively
deal with its present challenges were however not in doubt.
Mr. Buratai added that contemporary national security needs and
Nigeria’s territorial size require more than the army presently had
in terms of personnel strength.
He said the siting of the Special Forces Training Centre in Buni Yadi,
Yobe, was an indication of the army’s determination to end
insurgency.
Mr. Buratai identified Nigeria’s weak industrial base, the effect of
climate change on the environment and Nigeria’s porous borders
as some of the factors fuelling armed conflict in Nigeria.

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