New Service Chiefs paid operational visit to Maiduguri
The newly appointed Service Chiefs were in Maiduguri yesterday to confer with the troops serving under Operation Lafiya Dole.
The team include Chief of Defence Staff General Leo Iraboh, Chief of Army Staff Major General I. Attahiru, Chief of Naval Staff Rear Admiral Auwal Gambo, Chief of Air Staff Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Amao and top military officers as well.
The delegation had on their visit toured the command and control center at the Maimalari cantonment.
On the tour Service chief paid a homage to the Borno state Governor Professor Babagana Umara Zulum.
Addressing the service chiefs, the Governor called for aggressive collaboration with armed forces in neighboring countries of Chad, Cameroon and Niger Republic.
Zulum 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.
Governor 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.
The Governor also called on the military 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.
Leading the delegation, Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Leo Irabor assured that military operations will receive a boost in order to nip out the insurgents completely.
He however craved the understanding of the civilian population in the fight against terrorism.