NSA, Service Chiefs Vow To End Boko Haram Insurgency
THE National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj-Gen (rtd) Babagana Monguno and four other Service Chiefs for Defence, Nigerian Army, Air Force and Police have vowed to end Boko Haram insurgency that has claimed many lives and property in the Northeast region of the country.
Monguno made the “declarations and pledges” yesterday in Maiduguri when the Service Chiefs paid an official courtesy visit to Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state at the Government House, Maiduguri.
The four other Service Chiefs were the Chief of Defence Staff, Maj-Gen. Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, Chief of Army Staff, Maj-Gen. Tukur Buratai, Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Baba Sadiq Abubakar; and the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, led by Monguno.
He said the most pressing issue in the country was the Boko Haram insurgency; and that was why President Muhammadu Buhari has replaced all the Service Chiefs to end the terror attacks and bombings.
There was a tendency of replacing the service chiefs with a mandate from the President to end Boko Haram insurgency that has claimed a lot of lives and property in the North East.
In less than 24 hours after we were sworn in and decorated by the President, we are here in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital for the reassessment of military operations to end insurgency in three months,” said Monguno.
He assured the governor and the people of Borno State that the service chiefs will not be found wanting in the fight to end the insurgency. “For us here in Maiduguri to end this insurgency, we are to assess all the military operational details that will facilitate various ‘aerial and ground troops’ fight Boko Haram to the finish.
This could be completed before we can launch a consistent and rapid campaign against terror and terrorists activities in the North East and the country at large,” Monguno added.
He however noted that the military alone cannot end insurgency, that the victory over Boko Haram cannot be won without involving the larger society. “We are not going to work against your interests of restoring peace and unity in the North East.
We want you also to help us with credible information”. Responding, Governor Shettima said the people had been cooperating with the military and other security agencies end Boko Haram insurgency.
We are giving you our unalloyed support and cooperation to all the Service Chiefs committed in fighting to end this Boko Haram madness that has killed over 300, 000 people and the destroyed towns and villages in 20 Local Government Areas of our state, Borno.
We will continue to work for the people by investing in education, so that our children and future generations do not become another new set of insurgents. “If this Boko Haram madness comes to an end, your names will be written in gold; and the country and its citizenry be proud of all of you here in Maiduguri,”Shettima said.