Nigerian Army Renames Counter-Insurgency Campaign

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Nigerian military is reforming its over a decade long counter-insurgency campaign in the Northeastern part of the country.

The Nigerian Army has renamed its counter-insurgency operation in the country’s Northeast from Operation Lafiya Dole to Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK), designed to reflect the new posture of the joint military operation.

The Army announced on Friday that Ibrahim Attahiru, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) who is a Lieutenant-General, approved the renaming.

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,” said Mohammed Yerima, the Army spokesperson.

In February, Abraham Adole, an Air Force Officer, was appointed as the new Deputy Commandant supporting the Theatre Commander, Farouq Yahaya, an army officer and Major-General who took over in April 2020 from Major-General Olusegun Adeniyi.

The appointment and changes announced Friday were part of a series of internal reforms by the new military chiefs to promote cohesion and integration of the various services in military operations against armed groups.

This new posture, if successful, is expected to improve the integration of ground, naval and air forces in furtherance of the military’s mandate in the Northeast and Lake Chad Basin as well as other theatres of operation.

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