On Monday, President Muhammadu Buhari gave strong assurances that security would be restored to Borno state, the northeast and nationwide, following the recent adoption of new strategies and the acquisition of modern military equipment.
Buhari gave the assurance while speaking at the State House in Abuja during a meeting with the five governors of the northeast, in the presence of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the Chief of the Defense Staff, heads of service, the inspector general of police and heads of intelligence agencies. .
“Things will improve very soon. We buy modern equipment; some are here, some are in the process of demining and still others to come. We need patience for the acquisition of equipment. You should train the trainers in their use before they are deployed in the field.
“I listened to your presentation,” he told the governors, who spoke through their president and governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Zulum, adding: “I assure you , the governors of the northeast, especially that of Borno, that we go to bed and wake up thinking of you, how to secure our country is the responsibility of every government.
“Our party campaigned in 2015 on three major objectives, one of which was security. We said the same in 2019 and Nigerians believed us. We are doing our best and will continue to do even better. ”
The president lamented the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy, making scarce resources even more scarce, coupled with its severe impact on the supply chain of military equipment and spare parts.
“Our government is doing its best on the issue of military equipment and knowledge. We have material from some countries. Acquiring military goods and spare parts is not easy, especially if you are not the manufacturer, ”he said.
The secretary of the government of the Federation, the SGF, the chief of staff, the national security adviser and all the department heads who spoke in favor of the president assured that things will soon be better.
They strongly advocated for strengthening the links between the military, state governments, traditional institutions and all communities and residents of the region.
Army Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai took stock of ongoing efforts, pointing out that Boko Haram terrorists have been driven out of all states in the region, leaving the state of Borno as the last stop.
According to him, “There are no Boko Haram terrorists in neighboring states. They have been deported and now cornered in Borno State. We coordinate with civil and traditional authorities, we mobilize and strengthen ourselves and all we need is patience. We will not back down.
For his part, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, briefed the meeting on the acquisition of military aircraft, stressing that the imminent arrival of unmanned aerial vehicles, drones, called drones with more than 10 hours of flight time, would strongly strengthen the battle front.
Briefs were also received on the needs of police equipment as well as the evolution of alliances between criminal gangs and terrorist groups in the region from the intelligence community.
In their remarks at the start of the meeting, the governors of the Northeast noted that the security situation in the region has now greatly improved from when the president took office.
While congratulating President Buhari on the establishment of the Northeast Development Commission and the take-off of the Mambila Dam power project, they nevertheless called attention to the condition of most of their roads.
They also warned of the consequences of a “war economy” and the need to address the root causes of the insurgency.
According to the governors, “a large population in the region, especially in Borno state, does not have access to their homes and farmland”, while calling for efforts to reduce “the growing trust deficit between the population and the armed forces ”.