SWITZERLAND, AUGUST 11 – The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai has said that Boko Haram terrorists have been pushed out of all the north-eastern states except Borno State.
The COAS said this in a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari and Governors from the North-East states on Monday August 10. He further disclosed that troops are sharing intelligence to rout the insurgents out of Borno.
Buratai was quoted saying in a statement released by Presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu.
“There are no Boko Haram terrorists in neighbouring states. They have been pushed out, and now cornered in Borno State. “We are coordinating with civil and traditional authorities, mobilising and reinforcing and all we need is patience. We will not relent, ” Buratai said, according to the statement.
Meanwhile, President Buhari told governors of the north-east region that his administration has not ceased to think about how to tackle the insecurity in the country.
The president added that in the wake of security challenges in the region, the administration is launching new combat strategies and acquiring modern military equipment.
“Security will be restored to Borno State, the north-east and the nation at large,” the president said.
“I assure you, the north-east governors, especially that of Borno, that we go to bed and wake up thinking about you, how to secure our country, that is the responsibility of every government.”
The president noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has made “scarce resources even scarcer,” thereby affecting the supply chain of military equipment and spare parts.
But he assured that modern military equipment is being acquired. Some, he said, have been purchased, while others are underway.
“Our government is doing its best on the question of equipment and the military know(s). We have equipment coming from some countries. The acquisition of military wares and spares is not easy, especially if you are not the manufacturer,” the presidency statement read.
Likewise, the north-east governors, who spoke through Borno State governor, Babagana Zulum, said while the establishment of the North East Development Commission and the take-off of Mambilla Dam Power Project are laudable, the region has poor road networks.
“A large population in the region, especially in Borno State, have no access to their homes and farmlands,” Mr Zulum said while calling for efforts to curtail the “increasing trust deficit between the population and the armed forces.”
The meeting, which was held at the State House in Abuja, had in attendance the five north-eastern state governors, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the Chief of Defence Staff, the service chiefs, the Inspector-General of Police and the heads of intelligence agencies.