Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Yusuf Tukur Buratai has described the support of Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum to the Nigerian Army as “immeasurable”.
Buratai, who has been in Maiduguri for over a month to lead the nation’s war against Boko Haram, acknowledged the governor’s support during a Sallah homage at the Borno Government House on Sunday.
“I want to use this opportunity to thank Your Excellency, most sincerely, for all your support to the Nigerian Army and other services, the Nigerian Airforce, as well as the Theatre of Operation Lafiya Dole. Your support is quite immeasurable,” the army chief said.
“We appreciate it and this has really made us to improve on our operations.”
In his response, Zulum assured the military of his continued commitment in the fight against insurgency.
He also pointed out that he has always kept faith in the Nigerian military, stressing that despite some misunderstandings, his heart has always been with the military.
“This administration under my leadership will remain faithful to the Nigerian military, we shall be faithful to you,” the governor said.
“There has never been anytime as a Governor of Borno State I decided not to be faithful to the military.
“To the best of my knowledge, I always say the right and positive things about the military. Even when I had an outburst, it was made out of good intentions.”
He said Buratai’s presence in the theatre of war in the last two months has added “so much value” to the ongoing counter-insurgency operation in the region.
“Within the last two months we have been witnessing a gradual return of peace, we are optimistic that the Nigerian military can contain the situation. Government of Borno State will do everything possible to support the Nigerian military,” Zulum added.