President Muhammadu Buhari urged Operation Hadin Kai troops to stand firm as they enter the “final phase” of the fight against the insurgency.
According to a statement by Presidency spokeswoman Femi Adesina, Buhari said this Thursday at Maiduguri Air Base in Borno State.
TheCable had reported reported how suspected Islamic State fighters in West Africa Province (ISWAP) launched several rocket attacks on Maiduguri ahead of Buhari’s visit to the city to inaugurate projects carried out by the government of the state.
Addressing the troops, Buhari said the entire nation remains grateful for the bravery displayed in ensuring the gradual return of peace to the northeast, while expressing condolences to the families who have lost loved ones, as well as to the injured.
The president said the government will continue to ensure that the widows and children of fallen heroes are well taken care of, to help them reach their full potential.
“Your career is like no other because it is a conscious commitment and a willingness to do your best for the good of others,” said Buhari.
“Let me begin by sympathizing with all of you for the unfortunate loss of Brigadier General Dzarma Zirkushu and other personnel from the 25 and 28 Task Force Brigades, who died on November 13, 2021.
“I do this with the understanding that we have lost others in this theater of operations as well as in other operational areas across the country.
“The people of Borno State and indeed the entire country owe a debt of gratitude to our military personnel in uniform for the enormous sacrifices made in the pursuit of peace.
“I also urge you to stay focused to achieve our strategic goal which is the defeat of all adversaries and the restoration of an economically viable geopolitical area of the northeast and other parts of the country where Nigerians are free to go about their business. their activities without fear or harassment.
The President said the response on display in theater had shown extraordinary resilience and steadfastness in the face of adversity.
“Our country, like all the others in the Sahel region, faces several security challenges that are largely characterized by the violent activities of non-state actors.
“This required several interventions aimed at ensuring the safety of people and goods through the many hot spots.
“Further improvements in the security situation under Operation Hadin Kai have led to a corresponding increase in the confidence of our people who are now returning to their homes in large numbers.
“Following the reorganizations of the military leadership, concerted efforts are being made to improve the performance of your equipment.
While noting the threats posed by criminals through the use of improvised explosive devices, Buhari said substantial resources have also been spent on purchasing equipment for explosive ordnance disposal.
According to him, similar attention is paid to means of intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance.
“These measurements and the platforms received would grant you the reach, firepower and protection necessary to project force through theater and bring combat to a logical and successful end,” he said.
The president also said that manpower issues that have limited the rotation of some units in the theater will be addressed through concerted efforts to increase recruitment and ensure that the remaining units due to rotation are picked up as soon as possible.