The National Security Adviser, NSA, Maj-Gen Babagana Monguno (rtd), and the service chiefs have pledged to bring an end to the Boko Haram insurgency that has claimed many lives and destroyed property in the north-east zone.
Monguno made the pledge yesterday in Maiduguri when they paid an official courtesy visit to Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State at the Government House. The four other Service Chiefs include the Chief of Defence Staff, Maj-Gen. Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, Chief of Army Staff, Maj-Gen. Tukur Buratai, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Baba Sadiq Abubakar; and the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase.
He said the most pressing issue in the country was the Boko Haram Insurgency and that was why President Muhammadu Buhari sacked the erstwhile service chiefs, so as to end these terror attacks and bombings in the affected states.
“We have been given a mandate to end the Boko Haram insurgency that has claimed a lot of lives and property in the north-east. In less than 24 hours after we were sworn in and decorated by the president, we are here in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, for the reassessment of military operations end insurgency in three months,” Monguno said, noting that the president picked the right service chiefs.
He assured the governor and the people of Borno that the service chiefs will not be found wanting in the fight to end the insurgency.
“We are here in Maiduguri to assess all the military operational details that will facilitate various ‘aerial and ground troops’ fight Boko Haram to the finish. This would be completed before we can launch a consistent and rapid campaign against terror and terrorist activities in the north- east and the country at large.”
He, however, noted that the military alone cannot end the insurgency that has already destroyed many lives and property, adding that the victory over Boko Haram cannot be won without involving the society.
“We are not going to work against your interest of restoring peace and unity in the north-east. We are here for all of you affected by this terrorism that has claimed the lives of many of your sons, daughters, parents, guardians, including your traditional and religious leaders. We want you also to help us with credible information,” warning that the people should come out from their closets and assist the military end the insurgency.
Responding, Governor Shettima said the people have been cooperating with the military and other security agencies to end the insurgency that has caused a lot of havoc on people’s lives and property for about six years.
“We are giving you our unalloyed support and cooperation to end this Boko Haram madness that has killed over 300, 000 people and the destruction of towns and villages in 20 local government areas,” Shettima told Monguno, who led the delegation of service chiefs. On victims of the insurgency, the governor said: “We will continue to work for the people by investing in education, so that our children and future generations do not become another new set of insurgents.
“We are saying that we are against Boko Haram, because of the establishment of our Civilian Joint Task Force to end this madness of incessant killings and destruction of people’s property in not only Borno State, but the neighbouring states of Yobe, Adamawa, Gombe, Taraba and Bauchi. If this Boko Haram madness comes to an end; your names will be written in gold and the country and its citizenry will be proud of all of you.”

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