Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai
The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai has launched a public address system, “Peace FM”, in Maiduguri, Borno State, the operational headquarters of the counter insurgency operations also called “Operation Lafiya Dole”.
The Project is aimed at de-indoctrinating and dissuading the Boko Haram insurgents from continued terrorism.
Buratai, who was in Maiduguri to commission the project along with over a dozen office and housing projects at the Maimalari Cantonment, disclosed that the new public address system is in line with the Nigerian Army information policy on fighting insurgency and terrorism in the Northeast region.
He said that the military had previously been using leaflets and other means in dissemination of information as well as discouraging individuals; especially the terrorists from carrying out atrocities, but all that has changed with the new system.
“We have gotten the Peace FM; which is operating very well and I think we are going mobile. This is a very good initiative by the Theatre Commander and his officers. This will help to further ensure that the right information is passed to the public.”
He asked the Theatre Commander and other operators of the public address system to go to all public places such as the motor parks, Markets, etc; to educate the people on what the military is doing to bring the Boko Haram insurgency to an end.
Buratai expressed optimism that the project could help in dissuading the insurgents from terrorism.
“We will be able to dissuade them in this manner. Some of them may even come with the intention of attacking the people. But when we appeal to them in those places they may decide to drop whatever they are carrying,” Buratai Said.