The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru has commended the Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Zulum for supporting the Nigerian Army especially in the area of logistics.
General Attahiru said the support has enhanced Operation Lafiya Dole as well as the benevolence he has extended to the families of fallen troops.
He made this known when the Borno State Governor paid him a courtesy call at the Army Headquarters, Abuja.
General Attahiru assured the Governor of the Nigerian Army’s determination under his leadership to defeat all adversaries and restore peace in the country.
He informed the Governor that ”a team comprising principal staff officers at Army Headquarters and Corps Commanders were in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, to assess the needs of the troops with a view to addressing them.”
The Army Chief further appealed to the Governor to effect repairs on roads that linked major Local Government Areas in the State to enable troops carry out their operations with minimum hitches.
The Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Zulum commended the Nigerian Army (NA) for it’s zeal and commitment towards ending terrorism in the North-east and other contemporary security challenges in the country.
Governor Zulum said ”the visit was to congratulate the COAS on his well deserved appointment, as well rob minds on ideas that would help to improve the ongoing counter insurgency operations in the North East.”
He further appealed to the COAS to facilitate the return of Internally Displaced Persons to their ancestral homes to enable them have access to their various means of livelihood instead of depending on aids from donor agencies.
Professor Zulum noted that there was an increase of 25% access to farm lands in the last farming season and requested for sustained efforts, to have an astronomical increase for the coming season. This he added would help consolidate on the peace already achieved and address the root causes of the problem.
The Governor was accompanied on the visit by the immediate past Governor of Borno State and serving Senator, Kashim Shettima, Chairman Senate Committee on Army Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume and Senator Abubakar Kyari among others.