The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in its determination to acquaint and prepared Army cadets of 67 Regular Course with current counter terrorism and counter insurgency operations, has embarked on the operational tour of the operation Lafiya Dole theater.
The Commandant, NDA, Major General Jamil Sarham, who led the team to the Theater paid a courtesy visit to Commander Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Olusegun Adeniyi at the headquarters of Theater Command, Maiduguri on Thursday.
Gen Sarham said they are in the theater to salute the courage of the theater commander and his gallant troops for what they were doing adding that, the tour was aimed at exposing the cadets to the counter terrorism and counter insurgency operations in the North East.
”we are here to salute you, the Theater Commander and your troops on the successes you have achieved in the fight against insurgency within the theatre”e. We are proud of you. With what you are doing, very soon this criminality will end”, he stated.
General Sarham fourther said, “we are also here to expose our cadets to the practical operations in the theatre, talk to the commanders and soldiers of the command, so that our cadets can tap from your experiences, as they will be passing out from the Academy very soon and maybe deployed to this theatre or other military operations within the country”.
He also disclosed, ”on our way coming by road from Kaduna, we passed through some parts of the theatre. We passed through Damaturu and we have seen your deployments, formations and logistics movement. Our cadets have many things to learn”.
Earlier, the Acting Theater Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Olusegun Adeniyi welcomed the team to the theatre and expressed hope that the visit will acquaint the cadets the opportunity to see the practical operations within the theatre.
Represented by the Maritime Component Commander, Rear Admiral Othniel Gabdo Filafa, the Theatre Commander believed that, “by the time they went around the theatre, they will learn more and be prepared for the profession they have chosen to pursue.”