Major General Bashir Magashi, (retd) Nigeria’s Minister of Defence, has announced plans to change the battle schemes and develop a new approach to the counter terrorism war in the North East .
Magashi who was in Maiduguri, Borno State capital with the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai and the Air Force Chief, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar said, the nation’s defence managers were considering a new approach to the military operations against Boko Haram insurgents and terrorists in the crisis torn North Eastern area.
His word: “We are going to redesign the battle for effective and efficient results to end this war for peace in the region,” the minister promised. He said the military was ready to take on the insurgents “head-long.”
He said the Nigerian military forces have improved on their synergy with the regional forces: Multi-national Joint Task Force (MNJTF) with headquarters in Chad.
He said he and the service chiefs were in Borno to thank the state governor for his support to the success of the military operations in the state.
“We are very much happy that you have been very versatile and dedicated in the operational activities of fighting Boko Haram,” he said. He said the military was happy to have Prof Babagana Zulum as the governor in the state. He urged the governor not to relent.
Gov Zulum in his room reaction observer that there were challenges in the counter-Boko Haram war despite all the Federal Government support and determination to end insurgency in the northeast.
“We have challenges despite President Buhari’s significant changes in the state of security in the last six months,” Zulum said.