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Zulum To Service Chiefs: Steps To Win Boko Haram

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Service Chiefs at Government House Maiduguri, Borno State

Governor Babagana Zulum has called for aggressive collaboration with armed forces in neighboring countries of Chad, Cameroon and Niger Republic as a strategy to win Boko Haram.

Speaking when he received the newly appointed service chiefs in Maiduguri, 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.

Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Leo Irabor, led chiefs of army staff, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, Naval staff, Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo and Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao, the Chief of Air Staff, to a courtesy call at the Government House on Sunday.

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 the bid to win Boko Haram, he also said the service chiefs must adopt a listening ear.

“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” Zulum said.

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.

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