Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Kenneth Minimah and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosun said relocation of military command to Maiduguri, Borno State, would change the tide against Boko Haram.
Ahmed Mohammed, Maiduguri
Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Kenneth Minimah and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosun visited Maiduguri during the week to give bite to President Muhamadu Buhari’s directive that the military command structure should move to the city, saying that the movement from Abuja to Borno State would change the complexity of the war and turn the tide against the Boko Haram Sect. The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Amosun while addressing newsmen in Maiduguri said their visit was not to undermine the existing military structure in Maiduguri but to give more impetus to the fight against insurgency in the North-East.
He said “within the sixweeks extension of the elections, a lot have been achieve in the fight against insurgency and with the relocation of the Military Command Centre, I am optimistic that the fight against insurgency will once for all end on time.” While commending Nigerians, especially the people of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states, the CAS also urged them to continue to support the military in its war against insurgency.
In his separate remarks, the Chief of Army Staff Lt. General Minimah said the establishment of the Military Command Centre would give greater impetus in the ongoing efforts to end insurgency and significant changes and strategies in the project.
The Army Chief also solicited the support of Nigerians in the fight, especially the media, as Nigerian Army belongs to Nigerian and need to be supported for effective war against insurgency. Earlier, the Borno State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Umar Mustapha, in chat with newsmen commended the military in the war against insurgency.
He said the establishment of the Military Command Centre would help in bringing to an end the lingering security challenges bedeviling the state and North-East in general; now, the soldier will receive directives from Maiduguri.
He also commended the Air force and NAMA for re-opening the Maiduguri Airport after its Closure on 2nd December 2013. He said already, Midview Airline, had agree to commence flight to Maiduguri on Friday, stressing that it would commence Abuja-Kano, Maiduguri- Jidda flight.