President Muhammadu Buhari has urged troops in Operation Hadin Kai to be steady as the war against insurgency enters the "final chapter."
On Thursday, Buhari stated this at an air force base in Maiduguri, Borno state.
In his address to the troops, Buhari expressed gratitude to the troops for their valor in ensuring the gradual return of calm to the north-east, while also expressing condolences to the families of those who have died and the wounded.
The president stated that the government will continue to provide for the widows and children of deceased heroes in order to help them achieve their full potential.
“Let me start by commiserating with you all on the unfortunate loss of Brigadier General Dzarma Zirkushu and other personnel of 25 and 28 task force brigades, who died on Nov. 13, 2021.
“I do this mindful of the fact that we have lost others in this theatre of operation as well as other operational areas across the country.
“The people of Borno state and indeed the entire country owe a debt of gratitude to our serving men in uniform for the huge sacrifices in the pursuit of peace.
“I urge you also to stay focused to achieve our strategic end-state which is the defeat of all adversaries and restoration of an economically viable north-east geo-political zone and other parts of the country where Nigerians are free to go about their activities without fear or harassment.”
The president said the response exhibited across the theatre has shown extraordinary resilience and steadfastness in the face of adversity.
“Our country, just like all the others in the Sahel region, is faced with several security challenges that are largely characterised by the violent activities of non-state actors.
“This has necessitated several interventions aimed at ensuring the security of persons and property across the numerous hot spots.
“Further improvements in the security situation in Operation Hadin Kai have led to a corresponding rise in the confidence of our people who are now returning in significant numbers to their homes.
“Further to the reorganisations in the military leadership, concerted efforts are being made to improve your equipment holding.”©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.