- Counter-insurgency efforts have been intensified
- This is as the new security chiefs stormed Borno state on Sunday, January 31
- Led by the chief of defence staff, General Lucky Irabor, their visit is expected to unleash a massive onslaught on the Boko Haram terrorists
In a coordinated effort towards ending the menace of Boko Haram insurgents and bandits, the new service chiefs have travelled to Borno state.
The visit on Sunday, January 31, is the first movement of the new service chiefs to Borno which is the theatre of war against Boko Haram since their appointment.
They were led by the chief of defence staff, General Lucky Irabor in what is believed will redefine the fight against the insurgents.
The service chiefs were received by Major General Farouq Yahaya, theatre commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Abdul Khalifa, the general officer commanding of 7 Division of the Nigerian Army and other principal staff officers of the Nigerian military, The Nation reports.
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Over a decade, Nigeria has been battling with the atrocities of dare-devil Boko Haram terrorists who have killed and displaced thousands not only in Nigeria but also in Chad, Niger and northern Cameroon.
The group, which was founded in 2002 by Mohammed Yusuf, has proven to be a thorn in the flesh of peace of the northwest and northeast regions of Nigeria.
Since becoming a full-blown terrorist organisation, Boko Haram has contributed to regional food crises and famines, destroyed villages, markets and killed vulnerable using suici'de bombing tactics on large gatherings like mosque and churches.
President Buhari sacked the service chief last week after calls from Nigerians amid rising in insecurity.
Meanwhile, Tukur Buratai (retired), the immediate past chief of army staff, has appealed to politicians to always leave military out of politics.
Buratai stated this in his valedictory speech during the Pulling Out Parade by the Nigerian Army on Friday, January 29, in Abuja.
The former army chief said Nigeria needs politicians who are statesmen to support the military in discharging its constitutional duties.