Nigerian military renames Boko Haram combat in northeast
Charles Nwoke, Maiduguri, Nigeria
May 1, 2021
The Nigerian military has renamed its counter-terrorism operation in the northeast, known as Operation Lafiya Dole.
In a statement issued by the Director of Media Nigerian Army, Mohammed Yerima said the operation will henceforth be known and recognized as Operation Hadin Kai.
Hadin Kai is a Hausa phrase that literally means ‘cooperation’.
The change of name became very imperative following the successes the army has recorded in the region, the statement said.
“The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru has approved the renaming of the ongoing Counterinsurgency Operation in the North East from Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD) to Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK).
“This is premised on the fact that the Nigerian Army (NA) has made a lot of progress over the years and needs to re-align for better efficiency. Also affected by the re-designation are the Army Super Camps which now reflect the nomenclature of the formations and units followed by the name of the locations they occupy while sub-units are redesigned as forwarding Operating Bases (FOBs) followed by the name of their locations. All these changes are with immediate effect,” the statement read.
He disclosed that the renaming is in line with the vision of the new army chief of having “A Nigerian Army that is Repositioned to Professionally Defeat all Adversaries in a Joint Environment.”
“It is the belief of the COAS that the complete defeat of insurgency is a process that requires the participation of the entire nation using all elements of national power.”
He assured that the army under the present leadership will continue to pursue the path of unity in prosecuting the counterinsurgency war.
Following his declaration as to the Chief of Army Staff in 2015, the immediate past army chief, Tukur Buratai, renamed the code name for the war on terror from “Operation Zaman Lafiya” to “Operation Lafiya Dole” signaling his determination to attain peace by force in the North-east.
The change of name then, according to the army, was a strategy to deal with the Boko Haram menace which he said will be pursued by action rather than talking.
Lafiya Dole is a Hausa phrase that literally means ‘Peace by Force’ please.
It was gathered that the name was to send a strong and final warning to the terrorist organization that they cannot derail the wheel of peace in the northeast or any part of the country, Nigeria.
Six years after that, the army is still struggling to fight the Boko Haram insurgency.