The newly appointed Service Chiefs on Sunday, undertook their first trip to Borno State as the centre of the Boko Haram insurgency.
The Service Chiefs are Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Leo Irabor, Chief of Army Staff, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo, and Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao, the Chief of Air Staff
Major General Irabor led the other service chiefs on a courtesy call on Governor Babagana Zulum at the Government House in Maiduguri with former Governor, Senator Kashim Shettima also in attendance.
SWITCH NIGERIA recalls that the chiefs were appointed last Tuesday by President Muhammadu Buhari, following the resignation of the former service chiefs.
In his address to the chiefs, Zulum called for aggressive collaboration with the armed forces in neighboring countries of Chad, Cameroon and Niger Republic.
Zulum also sought enhanced ties between the military and civilian population to bridge trust deficit and increase military’s access to credible intelligence gathering which he said, was key to success in the fight against insurgency.
He assured the military chiefs of his administration’s commitment and support to the armed forces by way of supplementing their efforts in the ongoing war.
The governor also urged them to tolerate fair and constructive criticisms that might be made in good faith to enhance their productivity.
He said, “In democratic settings, the military is an establishment which is subject to constructive criticisms by well meaning citizens. Therefore, you are expected to accept such criticisms in good faith with a view to enhancing the productivity in your operations.”
Governor Zulum noted that, for the Nigerian military to achieve success, there should be robust coordination and collaboration between different security operatives, particularly between the Nigerian Army and Airforce.
The governor also called on the military to ensure a continued and sustained operations to deny insurgents breathing space by blocking all routes to avoid terrorists moving from one region to another.
In his remark, Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Leo Irabor assured that military operations will receive a boost in order to nip out the insurgents completely.
He, however craved the understanding of the civilian population in the fight against terrorism.