Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State in Northeast Nigeria has charged the country’s new service chiefs to to ensure a continued and sustained operations to deny insurgents breathing space by blocking all routes to avoid terrorist moving from one region to another.
The governor gave the charge on Sunday when the military chiefs paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
Zulum, while addressing the service chiefs, called for aggressive collaboration with armed forces in neighboring countries of Chad, Cameroon and Niger Republic.
He also sought enhanced ties between the military and civilian population to bridge trust deficit and increase military’s access to credible intelligence gathering which he said, was key to success in the fight against insurgency.
The governor assured the military chiefs of his administration’s commitment and support to the armed forces by way of supplementing their efforts in the ongoing war.
Zulum also urged the service chiefs to tolerate fair and constructive criticisms that might be made in good faith to enhance their productivity.
“In democratic settings, the military is an establishment which is subject to constructive criticisms by well meaning citizens. Therefore, you are expected to accept such criticisms in good faith with a view to enhancing the productivity in your operations,” he said.
Zulum noted that, for the Nigerian military to achieve success, there should be robust coordination and collaboration between different security operatives, particularly between the Nigerian Army and Airforce.
Leading the delegation, Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Leo Irabor assured that military operations will receive a boost in order to get rid of the insurgents completely.
He, however, craved the understanding of the civilian population in the fight against terrorism.
The defence chief was joined by Chiefs of Army Staff, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru; Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo; and Air Staff, Vice Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao.
Former Borno governor, Senator Kashim Shettima was also in attendance.
The military chiefs were appointed last Wednesday by President Muhammadu Buhari.