Saturday, April 11, 2020 2:05 pm
…How leaders dramatically boost troops’morale
By Ademola Adegbamigbe
In Nigeria, Lt. General Tukur Buratai traveled to the North East of Nigeria, the epicenter of the Boko Haram war. He boarded a war plane and jumped down with a parachute. That was to send a message to the enemy camp that a macho man has come to the war front. The photograph went viral on social media.
In Chad, President Idris Deby left his country and took the battle to the camp of Boko Haram in Nigeria. He did not slither into camp, he came in a dramatic way. According to a report by Alwihdainfo.com, “Before returning to the capital of Chad (Ndjamena), the head of state went to Boko Haram bases liberated by the Chadian army in Niger territory. He landed the military helicopter himself, having had pilot training.”
That political and military leaders go to the war front in such manner to boost the morale of the rank and file is as old as history itself. This is depicted in Gladiator, a Roman historical/epic movie, starring General Maximus who, in the war front rides on horseback, telling his soldiers: “Three weeks from now, I will be harvesting my crops. Imagine where you will be, and it will be so. Hold the line! Stay with me! If you find yourself alone, riding in the green fields with the sun on your face, do not be troubled. For you are in Elysium, and you’re already dead!” Like wolves in a park, the fighters howled in laughter and assured their commander of their loyalty.
At the height of when Russia was coming out of perestroika and glasnost and Vladmir Putin, a sleuth turned President whose look is as cold as gun metal, went on safari, rode a horse half clad, his muscles bulging, killed a tiger and went fishing. These were to tell the West that in the new war after the collapse of the iron curtain, a strongman is now in charge. There is a new sheriff in town in Russia.
As we reported this week on this platform, “The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Wednesday embarked on operational tour of troops’ locations in the theatre of operations against insurgency across the North East.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that in all the locations visited, Buratai interacted with the officers and men.
While addressing troops in Super Camp 1 at Molai and the Special Forces Super Camp 12 in Chabbol near Maiduguri, he expressed his appreciation and that of President Muhammadu Buhari for their commitment, dedication and sacrifices to the nation.
Buratai emphasised the need for officers and men of the Army to reinvigorate their efforts and to hasten the defeat of insurgency in Nigeria.”
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