Borno State Governor, Prof Babagana Zulum, has urged military authority to rid its system of saboteurs or continue to face criticism.
Zulum, who was a guest speaker at this year’s Chief of Army Staff Conference in Maiduguri, the state capital, said competent and dedicated officers should be appointed to head all formations.
He commended the military over counterinsurgency efforts in the last two weeks.
“We need to hail the army whenever the military achieve a certain degree of success and that is what we have been doing before; whenever there is something wrong, we shall not hesitate to criticise but honestly speaking, within these days we have seen a renewed vigour; we have seen a renewed commitment to ending the insurgency.
“Therefore, the saboteurs must be dealt with both within the military operation and civil authority for us to have a high degree of success in fighting insurgency,” Zulum said.
The governor added, “When you talked about the success story of Edo election and the forthcoming election in Ondo, I am a bit scared because I want the attention of the Nigeria Military to be in the forefront fighting the insurgency.”
In his remarks, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, assured that the army had acquired some equipment and key platform including front-line combat vehicles, and they would soon be inducted into theatres of war.
Daily Trust reports that this year’s Chief of Army Staff conference was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.