Chief of Army Staff Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai has said that President Muhammadu Buhari, who was billed to open the 2017 Nigerian Army Small Arms Championship, will be represented by the Minister of Defense, Alhaji Mansur Dan-Ali.
Buratai announced this while speaking with newsmen on the final arrangements for the event on Saturday in Maiduguri.
He said that this year’s edition is holding in Sambisa forest to consolidate the army’s grip on the area.
“We have been in the North East, fighting the Boko Haram terrorists, and you know the significance of the Sambisa forest to them.”
“It used to be one of their centres; in fact, we suspect that their command and control centre was located there before its eventual capture,’’ the COAS said.
He added that following the eventual capture of camp zairo, the Army wanted to consolidate its operations by ensuring that the place was secured.
“We also want the place to be dominated by our troops and also to get firm control, so that we will continue to dominate the area’’.
Buratai said that the championship was part of the training activities of the Nigerian Army, aimed at sharpening marksmanship of its personal.