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Army Can’t Defeat Terrorists With Old Equipment – Defence Chief

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Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor, has said that the Nigerian army cannot defeat asymmetric warfare like banditry, kidnapping and the Boko Haram insurgency using the old tools and military it currently has.

General Irabor said this at the Regimental Dinner organised in honour of the graduating students of Senior Course 43 of Armed Forces Command and Staff College today Thursday, revealing that the military had resolved to acquire new platforms and capability to address the nation’s security challenges.Army Can't Defeat Terrorists With Old Equipment – Defence ChiefAccording to him, long-term success against terrorism, insurgency and other internal security challenges required a whole-of-government approach and not just a military solution, adding that the involvement of the military in containing asymmetric security threats in the past few years had highlighted the need to acquire the new operational capability to deal with the emerging threats.

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In addition, General Irabor assured that steps were being taken by the upper echelon of the military to address threats.”Accordingly, we are developing new capabilities in intelligence and surveillance, which are critical for staying ahead of terrorists and insurgents and other criminal elements in the society”, he added.Army Can't Defeat Terrorists With Old Equipment – Defence ChiefAddressing the graduating students who are in the rank of Major and mid-level commanders, General Irabor said, “As you are aware, asymmetric warfare encourages the use of non-traditional military tactics for which our previous training and operational doctrines were not well suited.”

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“As junior leaders, you must therefore leverage on training and experience in taking timely decisions for your team, especially when under pressure. I therefore enjoin you all to acquaint yourself adequately and keep abreast with the issues that define your operational environment. Such knowledge is needed for you to be effective in command and provide leadership and guidance for your men”, he said.Army Can't Defeat Terrorists With Old Equipment – Defence Chief TRENDING VIDEO OF THE DAY: You Are A Con Man & A Liar – Asari Dokubo Blasts Nnamdi Kanu Photos Credit: Getty

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