MAIDUGURI, North-East, Nigeria – The Chief of Army Staff, (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has said that the Borno
State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, has always identified with the Nigerian Army, (NA) in the fight against insurgency in the northeast.
He stated this at the combined 1st, 2nd and 3rd quarters Chief of Army Staff Conference held in Maiduguri on October 6, 2020.
“I want to thank His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Borno State, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum, for honouring our invitation and for always identifying with us on the collective effort to defeat terrorism and criminalities in the northeast,” Buratai said.
Zulum was the special guest of honour at the 2020 Chief of Army Staff Conference for senior officers of the NA.
In his address, Governor Zulum assured the military of his continued commitment to the fight against insurgency.
“In line with my 10 cardinal agenda for good governance, Borno State Government shall maintain and sustain its role as a key stakeholder in the activities and operations of NA through provision of all the needed supports and morale boosting mechanism to all security operatives involved in the fight against insurgency to end the crisis,” he reiterated.
He urged the NA to take the war to the insurgents hideouts, not repelling continously; and commended efforts of the NA in the counter insurgency operations in the region.
He equally appreciated the supports of President Muhammadu Buhari, to the NA.
“The army should not wait and give the insurgents the opportunity of first attack. You should as a matter of policy embark upon clinical clearance operation after successful execution of attacks.
“Let me commend the renewed efforts and vigour of the NA in the fight against insurgency and urge you to sustain the momentum.
“I wish to, on behalf of the people of Borno State, appreciate Mr. President for his unflinching support to the Nigerian Armed Forces in general and the Nigerian Army in particular for their counter insurgency operations in Borno State,” Zulum said.
In another development, Governor Zulum laid the foundations for construction of six blocks of 60 units, three bedroom flats along the Maiduguri-Kano road to be used as residence for doctors working with the state hospitals.