President Muhammadu Buhari today in Maiduguri vowed that the war against insurgency and terrorism must be won.
The president, therefore, encouraged troops on the frontline not to be distracted by challenges but remain focused and committed to the task of eliminating the terrorists from “surface of the earth’’.
Buhari spoke when he declared open the Chief of Army Conference with the theme: “Optimising the operational efficiency of the Nigerian army towards safeguarding democracy and national security in Nigeria.’’
He expressed satisfaction that the army was doing well, in spite of some setbacks in the war against insurgency and terrorism in the North East.
“We are aware that in the recent months and in recent days, there have been some operational lapses in the northern part of Borno, particularly at Jili, Arege and Metele.
“I know that you are doing your best to reverse this trend and I want to assure you that no effort will be spared in providing you the necessary support you require to complete your task.
“We remain committed to ending the crisis in the North East and making the entire area safe for all.
“I urge you to keep up the good work. I am also painfully aware that some gallant officers and soldiers have paid the supreme price in the course of this anti-terrorism operation,’’ the president said.
He noted that since 2015, when he assumed office, the security situation in the North East had improved and commended the armed forces, especially the Nigerian army for their selfless sacrifices.