President Muhammadu Buhari and the nation’s service chiefs have arrived in Maiduguri, Borno State capital on a one-day working visit amid tight security presence.
The heavy security presence may not be unconnected to volatile security situations across the country, particularly in Borno State considered to be a hotspot for Boko Haram and other terrorists.
As gathered, the president and service chiefs landed at the airport located at the Air Force base in Maiduguri a few minutes before 10.00 am on Thursday.
The president and his entourage were received by the State Governor, Babagana Zulum, and other top government officials in the state.
As learnt, Buhari is billed to commissioned some projects, including 4000 houses under the FG housing projects, and projects executed by Borno state government.
While addressing troops and security agencies in Operation HADIN KAI at the Maimalari Cantonment, the president commended the msecurity agencies gallantry and the synergy that translated into successes in restoring peace and order across the country.
According to him, I am particularly happy to note the increasing understanding and cooperation within the military, as well as the inter-agency cooperation in the fight against the terrorists and other criminal elements in the North East.
“The outcome of this synergy is evidenced by the successes recorded in the ongoing Operation TURA TAKAIBANGO which has so far degraded the insurgents’ capabilities in the Timbuktu Triangle, Sambisa Forest and the Lake Chad Region. I am therefore pleased to acknowledge that the military and other security agencies including civilian stakeholders are adhering to the true spirit of Operation HADIN KAI which implies “jointness, synergy and cooperation.”
“By pooling together the collective resources and comparative advantages of the Armed Forces and other security agencies, we hope the enemy will now feel the ferocity of our firepower and the weight of our resolve,” the President said.
Side by side with the efforts of the Armed Forces and security agencies, president Buhari assured that his administration was developing strategy for post-war reconstruction and peace building.
“Concerted efforts are being made to fast-track reconstruction and development programmes in the affected communities in the North East. I am hopeful that this will lead to the speedy resettlement of displaced persons, as well as the restoration of bubbling community life as people return to their homes.
“Alongside investment in development and reconstruction, we will sustain our investment in the Armed Forces in a manner that balances the carrot and stick,” he said.
The president said that several interventions by the apex government had led to the procurement and delivery of large consignments of critical combat enablers, including high calibre weapons and ammunition:
“Many have been injected into the Theatre and soon other equipment that has just arrived in the country would also be deployed to the Theatre of operations. Much more equipment will be procured for the Armed Forces to cater for both the short and long-term requirements. I would like, at this point, to also commend the hierarchy of our Armed Forces for their strategic foresight in ensuring that some of our critical military equipment are fabricated locally.”