President Muhammadu Buhari says the Federal Government is committed to ending the military operations in the north-east.
Speaking during the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) 2018 annual conference in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, the President stated his administration would spare no effort in supporting the military achieve its task in the region.
“We remain committed to ending the crisis in the north-east and making the entire area safe for all. I urge you all to keep up the good work.
“I know that you are doing your job to reverse this trend. I want to assure you that no effort will be spared in providing the necessary support you require to complete your task.”
The President’s address to the military officers come shortly after he declared the conference open.
While speaking on the theme, “Optimising Efficiency for the Efficiency of the Army in Nigeria’s Democracy,” Buhari regretted that some soldiers paid the supreme price in the course of the operations against Boko Haram terrorists.
He commiserated with the families and relatives of the slain officers killed Boko Haram insurgents during an attack on their base in Melete area of Borno State about two weeks ago.
To President Buhari, the war against terrorism is a must-win.
He added, “I have been visiting some of our injured troops in the hospitals and I also spoke to others in their bases to assure them of our continued support.
“It is a must-win war. I want to encourage our troops not to be distracted but remain focused to the task of eliminating Boko Haram from the face of the earth.
“The Nigerian Army’s commitment to upholding democracy is appropriately captured in the theme of the conference which is optimising the operational efficiency of the Nigerian Army towards safeguarding democracy in the national security.”
The President also advised members of the military to be non-partisan before, during and after the 2019 general elections.
He also added that they should rather deepen democratic structure by collaborating with other security agencies in ridding the nation of any violent act that could mar the electoral process.