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Develop new strategies to fight Boko Haram, Buhari tells army

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday charged the Nigerian Army to work with other security agencies to develop new strategies that would ensure total eradication of insurgents and other security challenges facing the country.

Buhari, who was represented by the Chief of Defence Staff, Abayomi Olonisakin, spoke in Ibadan at the opening ceremony of the Chief of Army Staff Annual Conference 2017, which had the theme, ‘Re-appraising the Nigerian Army’s operational efficiency in containing contemporary national security challenges.’

At the event, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Maj. Gen. Ike Nwachukwu, delivered a lecture titled, ‘Safeguarding Nigeria’s unity and sovereignty: A patriotic and constitutional imperative for the Nigerian Army;’ while Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State played the host.

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Ten new pilots of the Nigeria Army Aviation were also decorated with wings at the event, as they were charged to contribute to the nation’s fight against insecurity.

In his address, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, said the 10 young pilots were the first set to complete their pilot training from the NAA, while the coordinator of the establishment, Maj. Gen. Johnson Olawumi, commended them for their focus during training.

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While commending the Nigerian Army for the success recorded against the Boko Haram so far, Buhari said, “The spectacular achievements of the Nigerian Armed Forces against terrorism, insurgency and militancy underscore my earlier position that these existential threats can be faced and defeated with the necessary measures within the ambits of the law.

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