- Leave politics alone, fight Boko Haram
Babagana Zulum, the Borno state governor, has advised the military to leave monitoring elections in Ondo state, but to concentrate more on its counter-insurgency operation in the northeast.
Speaking at the Opening ceremony of the combined Chief of Army Staff Quarterly Conference in Maiduguri, Borno State capital on Tuesday, Zulum said he was a bit scared when the Chief of Army Staff mentioned the successes recorded by troops of the Nigerian Army during the Edo poll and effort to repeat same in the coming Ondo election.
“When the Chief of Army talked about the success story of Edo election and forthcoming Ondo poll, I was a bit scared because I want the attention of the Nigeria Military to be in the forefront fighting the insurgency,” he said.
Zulum also asked the army to embark on confidence building and confidence sharing with the communities where they are currently carrying out various operations. He urged the military to take the battle to Boko Haram and embark on what he called clinical clearance of Boko Haram remnants after every operation.
He commended the military for renew vigor in the counter-insurgency operation in recent time. He said he would give commendation to the military whenever it records successes and criticize anytime it acted wrongly. He urged the army to deal with saboteurs within the system and among the civil populace.
Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt Gen Tukur Buratai said the first and second quarters COAS’ conference could not hold until now due to the impact of coronavirus pandemic. He said the development necessitated a combined first, second and third conference holding between 5th and 9th October in Maiduguri.
Gen Buratai disclosed that the army authority quickly adjusted after the initial setback on its operations and administrative activities due to COVID-19 impact. He said the conference provides opportunity to review various operations and explore areas of improvement.
He praised the gallantry of officers and soldiers as well as those who paid the supreme price in battlefront. He said the military authority has activated processes of paying all their benefits including scholarship to their children.
“We have also taken delivery of some equipment and we are still expecting more,” he disclosed. He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for approving delivery of the platform and improved allowances to officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army.