By Ismaila Chafe
President Muhammadu Buhari has instructed the army and other security agencies not to give any respite to terrorists and criminals operating in various parts of the country.
The president made the accusation during his visit on Thursday to personnel of the armed forces and security agencies of Operation Hadin Kai in Maimalari cantonment, Maiduguri, Borno.
Buhari spoke through his Senior Special Assistant for Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu.
Buhari said the war must be concluded with the restoration of peace and the reconstruction of all affected areas.
According to the president, the nation owes a debt of gratitude to the military and security agencies who are currently grappling with security concerns in the country, especially those who have paid the ultimate price.
“I am delighted to be with you this afternoon to address you on this special occasion of my official visit to Borno State.
“I want to take this opportunity to officially declare that our nation will forever be indebted to you for your patriotic commitment to defend our homeland against insurgency and crime.
“Therefore, I congratulate you and remember all the staff who made the supreme sacrifice to ensure that Nigeria remains an indivisible and secure entity.
“I send my sincere condolences to the families of our fallen heroes and pray for the souls of the deceased.
“I want to assure you that my administration will spare no effort to ensure that the widows and children of our deceased heroes are well cared for,” he said.
The president said the injured comrades would get the best medical care for their full recovery.
“I recognize your collective efforts to decimate and degrade terrorists and reaffirm the inviolable sovereignty of our nation.
“I would also like to commend your tenacity and your tireless efforts in the face of the difficulties you encounter in theaters of operation.
“Your collective efforts have made it possible to find relative peace in the region today.
“Under my leadership, the Nigerian armed forces have received a firm strategy and clear direction to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country.
“We must not allow our adversaries the opportunity or the space necessary to question or undermine our national interests and our fundamental values.
“Defense and security agencies must be assured of the federal government’s unwavering commitment to winning the battle against terrorism and crime,” he added.
Buhari commended the military and security agencies for the synergy that has resulted in success in restoring peace and order.
He said he was delighted with the growing understanding and cooperation within the military, as well as the inter-agency cooperation in the fight against terrorists and other criminal elements in the Northeast.
“The result of this synergy is evidenced by the successes recorded in the current operation TURA TAKAIBANGO which has so far degraded the capacities of the insurgents in the Timbuktu Triangle, the Sambisa forest and the Lake Chad region.
“I am therefore delighted to recognize that the military and other security agencies, including civilian stakeholders, adhere to the true spirit of Operation Hadin Kai, which involves ‘articulation, synergy and cooperation’.
“By pooling the collective resources and comparative advantages of the armed forces and other security agencies, we hope that the enemy will now feel the ferocity of our firepower and the weight of our determination,” he said. he declares.
According to the president, his administration is developing a strategy for post-war reconstruction and peacebuilding.
“Concerted efforts are being made to accelerate reconstruction and development programs in affected communities in the northeast.
“I hope this will lead to the speedy resettlement of the displaced, as well as the reestablishment of a vibrant community life as people return to their homes.
“Along with investments in development and reconstruction, we will maintain our investment in the armed forces in a way that balances the carrot and the stick,” he said.
The president said several federal government interventions led to the purchase and delivery of large batches of essential combat tools, including high caliber weapons and ammunition.
“A lot has been injected into the Theater of Operations and soon other equipment that has just arrived in the country would also be deployed in the Theater of Operations.
The president assured that additional equipment would be provided to the armed forces to meet the short and long term needs of the security agencies.
He also praised the hierarchy of the armed forces for their strategic forethought in ensuring that some of the country’s essential military equipment is manufactured locally.
Buhari also noted that repairs and maintenance of some of the vital weapons are now underway in the country, saving the nation a lot of foreign exchange and also creating jobs for our teeming population.
“As personnel of our armed forces and security agencies, you must understand that this equipment must be used wisely against terrorists and other criminal elements.
“There is no room for complacency and you don’t have to be less than 100% alert at all times.
“As Commander-in-Chief, I want to assure you that my government will continue to work for the provision of funding and the procurement of timely equipment for the armed forces and other security agencies.
“This is intended to push the continuation of the ongoing war to a logical conclusion and also to serve our collective interests and well-being.
“In addition, your well-being is of the utmost importance and concern to this government. I am happy that the gradual rotation of troops in the field has started as I have indicated.
“I’m sure this will minimize and eventually eliminate combat fatigue, as well as improve morale,” he added.
The president thanked the military and security agencies for their unwavering loyalty and selfless sacrifices in defense of the country.
He maintained that their courage and bravery will continue to inspire others as they resonate in the future.
“While I salute your resilience, let me remind you that there is still a lot of work to be done, to fully restore peace in the northeast, to stem the activities of armed bandits in the northwest and the center. -north, as well as with other security concerns across the country.
“So you have to stand firm and see this war come to a conclusive end.
“In doing so, you must rely on inter-agency cooperation, and strengthen your cohesion with the troops of the neighboring Republics of Cameroon, Chad and Niger in our collective fight against terrorists, under the aegis of the Multinational Joint Force .
“This will consolidate our efforts and facilitate the rapid return of peace and stability to the region,” he said.
He urged the military and security agencies to continue to make Nigeria proud.
Buhari also interacted with some of the wounded soldiers, assuring them that the government was fully committed to their recovery and well-being.
In his remarks, the commander of theater operations Hadin Kai, Major-General. Félix Omoigui, assured the troops of the President’s confidence and commitment for their well-being, in particular to put an end to the war.
The commander thanked the president for the visit which he said would greatly boost the morale of all those who are fighting to maintain peace in the country.
The governors of Borno and Yobe, Babagana Zulum and Mai Bunu, the Chief of the Defense Staff, General Leo Irabor, and the Army Chief of Staff, Major -General Farouk Yahaya.
Others were the Chief of the Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Awwal Gambo, the Chief of the Air Staff, Vice Air Marshal Isiaka Amao and the Security Advisor. national, the retired major-general. Babagana Monguno.