Babagana Zulum, the governor of Borno state, has advised the newly appointed service chiefs on the relevant steps to take to win the war against the Boko Haram insurgency.
He gave the advice when the Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Leo Irabor led Chiefs of Army Staff, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo, and Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao, the Chief of Air Staff, to a courtesy call at the Government House on Sunday, January 31.
In this piece, Legit.ng lists the important things the Borno state governor advised the new service chiefs to do to defeat Boko Haram.
1. Collaboration with neighbouring countries
Governor Zulum advised the new security heads to engage in aggressive collaboration with the armed forces in neighbouring countries of Chad, Cameroon and Niger Republic.
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2. Enhanced ties between the military and civilian population
According to the Borno governor, this will bridge trust deficit and increase military’s access to credible intelligence gathering which is key to success in the fight against insurgency.
3. Tolerance for fair and constructive criticisms
Governor Zulum also urged the service chiefs to tolerate fair and constructive criticisms made in good faith to enhance their productivity.
4. Coordination and collaboration among different security operatives
The governor added that there should be robust coordination and collaboration among the various security agencies, particularly between the Nigerian Army and Airforce.
5. Continued and sustained operations
To ensure that the insurgents are not given any breathing space, Zulum said the military must ensure a continued and sustained operations.
This, he said, will also help in blocking all routes to avoid terrorist moving from one region to another.
In other related news, a former Borno state governor, Kashim Shettima, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari made a well-informed decision in his choice of new service chiefs.
Shettima, on Thursday, January 28, claimed that the new set of national security heads will eventually win the war against terrorism in the country provided they get the needed support and cooperation from citizens.
The former governor who is now the senator representing Borno Central said having had sound knowledge of the proficiency of each of the new service chiefs, he is optimistic that they will end the reign of Boko Haram, especially in Borno state.