Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state has commended the Nigerian military for its commitment to tackling the security challenges, especially insurgency and terrorism in the North-east.
Governor Zulum made the assertion Tuesday at the army headquarters, Abuja when he visited the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt Gen Tukur Yusufu Buratai.
A statement issued Tuesday by the acting Director, Army Public Relations headquarters, Abuja, Col Sagir Musa said the governor thanked the federal government and the military for their support to the people and government of Borno state and solicited for more support and cooperation to ensure the successful completion of the war against insurgency in the state.
According to the governor, his visit to the COAS was aimed at cross-fertilising deas that would help to improve on the counter insurgency/counter terrorism operations, stressing that the battle needed to be taken to the enclaves of the insurgents.
Zulum called on government at all levels to support the military maximally to enable them carryout their task of protecting the nation, adding that there was the need to strengthen civil-military relations and foster synergy between and among security agencies. He noted that the people of Borno state and the Nigerian Army have a common objective.
He expressed optimism that terrorism would soon be a thing of the past.
Responding, the COAS thanked the governor for his dynamic approach to governance and his determination to finding an enduring solution to insecurity in the state. He used the opportunity to thank the governor for all his support, especially to the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole deployed in Borno state.
He noted that Borno state has high prospects for human capacity development that could be developed for the benefit of Nigeria and other parts of the world, while expressing hope that the state will in the near future return to its glorious position of peace and prosperity.
General Buratai enjoined the Borno state government to take into consideration the reintegration, deradicalisation and employment of repentant members of the Boko Haram sect as the nation heads towards the final phase of the war against insurgency/terrorism.