Tthe newly appointed Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai on Friday visited troops in Yobe.
Buratai’s visit was, however, overshadowed by the killing of 50 people by the Boko Haram sect during the Eid prayer in Damaturu.
After the attack, Buratai joined the state governor and some government officials/military personnel to pray at the Yobe Mosque and Islamic Centre.
Shortly after prayers, Governor Ibrahim Gaidam appreciated the coming of the Army chief, insisting that he has a lot ahead of him in maintaining peace in the troubled area.
The COAS on his part said his coming was a strategic decision.
He also said it would equally stimulate military/civil relationship “which will boost the morale of the troops.”
Buratai also said the visit would afford him the opportunity to assess the equipment on ground and the level of the threat posed by the Boko Haram militants.
On whether the over 4,000 soldiers sacked by the Army over the Boko Haram fight would be recalled, Buratai said he would not tolerate indiscipline in the Army.
He said: “I don’t know how they would become a problem to us concerning your questions. But what I would tell you is that I cannot tolerate indiscipline in the force.”
While in the state, the chief of army staff is expected to hold discussions with officers and men on ground with a view to enhancing the fight against the terrorists.
In Maiduguri, the capital of troubled Borno State, the celebration was low key as residents of the town were locked in for security reasons.
Many of those who went to the congregational prayer had to trek a long distance as vehicular movements were restricted.