The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has said that Operation Python Dance launched three years ago has successfully curtailed the spread of insecurity in Nigeria.
Buratai made the remarks on Tuesday in Birnin Kebbi when he paid a courtesy visit to Governor Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi State.
According to him, apart from providing opportunity to retrain Nigerian soldiers, the exercise also gives them an avenue to respond to real life war situations.
He said: “I’m here this morning to make this courtesy call and to formerly flag off exercise Ebuke III, otherwise known as Python Dance III, which is an exercise aimed at keeping our soldiers abreast on contemporary challenges of internal security facing our country.
“It is the same thing we have been doing for the past three years and it has achieved tremendous results.
“We want to take the opportunity to ensure that we re-train our officers for them to be up to the task to contain these security challenges.
“This exercise includes response to real time situations; we are also trying to work with sister agencies to have coordinated inter-agency collaboration to achieve the desired objectives.”
He commended the state government for collaborating with the Army in the areas of roads construction, education and agriculture.
Buratai noted that soldiers serving in the state have benefited from the Anchor Borrowers Programme of the Federal Government introduced to boost agriculture in the country.
Responding, Bagudu also commended the Army for staking their lives to ensure peace and unity in the country.
The governor pledged that his administration would continue to collaborate with the military in various sectors for the development of the state and the country.