Buhari in Borno, promises to care for families of dead and wounded soldiers

* Says that with the new equipment, the military is better prepared to flush out terrorists

Deji Elumoye in Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari said yesterday that his administration will support the families of dead and injured soldiers and help them realize their potential. Buhari said this in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, when he addressed troops at the Nigerian air base.

In a related development, the president said that with the acquisition of more capabilities in military technology and equipment, the country is better prepared to deal with terrorists, especially in the northeast. Buhari gave the assurance yesterday to Maiduguri after inaugurating some projects given to the University of Maiduguri by the business magnate, Alhaji Muhammadu Indimi.

Buhari, who spoke to troops at the Nigerian air base, said the military had almost completely eliminated the insurgency and other security concerns threatening the country. He urged the men of Operation Hadin Kai, the military counterinsurgency operation in the northeast, to stand firm as they entered the final phase of the campaign against terrorism and other crimes.

He urged them to remain focused “to achieve our strategic goal, which is the defeat of all adversaries and the restoration of an economically viable geopolitical zone of the northeast and other parts of the country, where Nigerians are free to go about their business. activities without fear or harassment.

The president told the soldiers that the whole country remains grateful for their bravery in ensuring the gradual return of peace to the northeast. He offered his condolences to the families who had lost loved ones, as well as to the injured.

Buhari assured the families of the soldiers, who paid the ultimate price for the country, and the wounded that the federal government would meet their needs, in recognition of their sacrifices for all Nigerians.
He told the troops, “I am delighted to be with you today and to express my gratitude to you and the whole nation as you continually strive to secure our dear country. Your career is unlike any other, because it is a conscious commitment and a willingness to give your best for the good of others. So I am here on behalf of a grateful nation to thank you and congratulate you on your service and your sacrifices.

“Let me start by complaining with all of you about the unfortunate loss of Brigadier General Dzarma Zirkushu and other personnel from the 25 and 28 task force brigades, who died on November 13, 2021. I do so with mind the fact that we have lost others in this theater of operations as well as other operational areas across the country.

“We pray for the rest of their souls and for Almighty God to comfort the families they have left behind. The people of Borno State and indeed the entire country owe a debt of gratitude to our uniformed servicemen for the enormous sacrifices in the pursuit of peace. “
The President commended the troops for their extraordinary resilience and tenacity in the face of adversity.

He said: “It is the spirit, tenacity and determination that make up the reputation of the Nigerian armed forces. Good game. Our country, like all others in the Sahel region, faces several security challenges that are largely characterized by the violent activities of non-state actors. This required several interventions aimed at ensuring the safety of people and goods through the many hot spots.

“Further improvements in the security situation under Operation Hadin Kai have led to a corresponding increase in the confidence of our people, who are now returning to their homes in large numbers. Following the reorganizations of the military leadership, concerted efforts are being made to improve the performance of your equipment. I am aware that you have started to receive some of the platforms purchased by our administration while others will be in the coming weeks.

While speaking about the threat posed by criminals through the use of improvised explosive devices, the President said that substantial resources had been devoted to the purchase of equipment for the disposal of explosives and ordnance. He said similar attention was being paid to intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance assets.

“These measurements and the platforms received would grant you the reach, firepower and protection necessary to project force through theater and bring combat to a logical and successful end,” he said.
Buhari told troops that early in his administration he stressed the need to rejuvenate the Multinational Joint Force. This is because of the fluid and transnational nature of current threats and their propensity to hibernate in neighboring countries.

“I therefore urge you to continue to strengthen your cooperation with the armies of other countries under the auspices of the Multinational Joint Force to further optimize mutual gains for our respective national security,” Buhari told the troops.

He added: “As we intensify military efforts, our administration has remained aware of the effectiveness of employing other lines of effort in our drive to ensure the return of lasting peace to the region. Northeast.

“The Northeast Development Commission continues to take giant steps to improve the economic and social well-being of Nigerians in the region. I am also pleased with the increased level of cooperation between the good people of Borno State, other stakeholders and the security agencies. I urge you to continue to cooperate with other security agencies to ensure a full return to normalcy. “

He assured the people that the administration will continue to work with all well-meaning stakeholders, including friendly nations and civil society organizations, to bring peace to all troubled areas of the country.

While appreciating the Borno State Government for its continued cooperation with the Federal Government in multiple areas, the President added, “This has been essential in continuing our mutual efforts to restore peace to the State.

“I particularly congratulate Your Excellency, Governor Babagana Umara Zulum, for your tireless commitment and your precious collaboration with my administration for the general good of the people of Borno. Yours is a good example of the inherent benefits that flow from consciously positive interaction between the federal government and the states.

Buhari also commended the Minister of Defense as well as the Chief of the Defense Staff, department heads and heads of all other security agencies for forging a common front of collaboration and cooperation, which continues improve operations.

He said: “It was gratifying to watch some of these examples of collaboration at the research and development exhibit at the recently concluded Army Chief of Staff’s annual conference and launch. of a locally built maritime defense vessel at the shipyard.

“I urge you all to stay the course to ensure that we become self-sufficient in the production of our defense equipment in the near future.

“To my dear troops, as your Commander-in-Chief, I am aware of your selfless sacrifices, which in some cases have resulted in the payment of the supreme price. The nation owes you a debt of gratitude for your commitment, dedication and unwavering loyalty to the Constitution of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

“Our government will continue to work with your respective leaders to ensure that your well-being is given priority attention and that our injured comrades receive the best possible medical care. “
Buhari also said manpower issues, which had limited the rotation of some units in the theater, would be addressed through concerted efforts to increase recruitment and ensure that units remaining due to rotation were picked up as soon as possible. .

In a related development, Buhari said tough times lay ahead for terrorists troubling the Northwest, with the military purchasing high-tech equipment and materials.
He also said he would continue to do his best for the country’s development until May 2023, when he would statutorily step down from the presidency.

The president spoke in Maiduguri on Thursday after the inauguration of Hanger Oriental Energies Resource Ltd, Muhammadu Indimi Distance Learning Center and an International Conference Center offered at Maiduguri University by the business mogul, Alhaji Muhammadu Indimi, he expressed his concern at the level of insecurity. in the North-West zone.

He said it was sad that the people of the Northwest, who previously lived together, sharing the same culture and long-held outlook, began to steal, kidnap and kill each other.

Buhari said: “I know I have sworn by the constitution and will be leaving in 17 months. I pray that the person who succeeds us will also follow the objectives of securing the country and building the economy.
“Without securing the country, you cannot grow the economy.”

Buhari said Nigerians should assess the administration’s performance based on the security, economic and corruption situation before she arrived, and where she is currently.
“We have a great country and we thank God for giving us so many resources. But we have to develop our resources.

The president noted that development would be more sustainable by empowering the people.
He said, “I am very impressed with what I saw at this state-of-the-art distance learning center and auditorium located here, Maiduguri University. I am told that this international conference hall has 1,300 seats. The high level of quality of this building is a major contribution of Alhaji Muhammadu Indimi. This intervention will not only benefit students from Borno and the North East, but also students from all parts of Nigeria.

“For the Oriental Energy Resources Hangar, which I ordered, it will accommodate and provide support services to aircraft and pilots involved in humanitarian air services. “

Buhari also praised Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State for the work he had accomplished in two years, and said he was in the state in June to commission development projects.

In his remarks, Zulum praised the president for honoring the state, adding that Indimi’s contributions to the state’s development showed he loved his people.

“Words cannot express our gratitude for political sense,” the governor said.
Zulum said the state recognized Indimi’s contributions by renaming the Damboa Road after him, now Alhajji Muhammadu Indimi Road.

Also speaking, Indimi said he was motivated to build the Distance Learning Center and the International Conference Center to encourage education in the state.
He said: “I think the center will help provide training and skills as well as encourage those who will take lessons in remote locations.”

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