The Nigerian Army has renamed Operation Lafiya Dole, the ongoing military operation aimed at dislodging Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists from the North-East region.
In a statement on Friday, Brigadier-General Mohammed Yerima, Director of Army Public Relations, announced that counter-insurgency operation in the troubled region will now be renamed Operation Hadin Kai.
The statement read: “The Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru has approved the renaming of the ongoing Counterinsurgency Operation in the North East from Operation Lafiya Dole to Operation Hadin Kai.
“This is premised on the fact that the Nigerian Army has made a lot of progress over the years and needs to re-align for better efficiency.
“Also affected in the re-designation are the Army Super Camps which now reflect the nomenclature of the formations and units followed by the name of the locations they occupy while sub-units are redesigned as Forward Operating Bases followed by the name of their locations. All these changes are with immediate effect.”
The army spokesman explained that the change is in line with the COAS Vision of having “a Nigerian Army that is repositioned to professionally defeat all adversaries in a joint environment”.
According to him, the army is committed to the complete defeat of insurgency, adding that it is a process that requires the participation of the entire nation using all elements of national power.
“He (the COAS) further assured that the NA under his leadership will continue to pursue the path of jointness in prosecuting the counterinsurgency war,” the statement read.
Nigeria has been battling terrorism for more than a decade, which has led to the death of about 36,000 people and displaced hundreds of thousands in the North-East.