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Boko Haram: Details of New Service Chiefs’ meeting with stakeholders, Gov Zulum emerge

The new service chiefs arrived Maiduguri, the Borno State capital to meet with critical stakeholders to brainstorm on how to tackle insurgency in the theatre of war.

The Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Leo Irabor led the delegation to arrive at the headquarters of Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole in Maiduguri on Sunday afternoon at about 13:30 hours.

The state has been the epicentre of insurgency for more than a decade.

The military heads met Governor Babagana Zulum at the Government House in Maiduguri, the Borno capital.

Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Leo Irabor, led the Chiefs of Army – Major General Ibrahim Attahiru; Navy – Rear Admiral Awwal Gambo; Air Force – Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Amao.

Zulum urged collaboration between Nigerian Armed Forces and neighbouring countries – Chad, Cameroon and Niger.

He called for an improved military-civilian relationship to boost trust and increase intelligence gathering.

Zulum assured the Generals of his administration’s commitment to assist the military in any possible way to ensure victory against the enemy.

The governor advised them to tolerate fair and constructive criticisms that will enhance their productivity.

“In democratic settings, the military is an establishment, subject to constructive criticisms by well-meaning citizens. Therefore, you are expected to accept such in good faith”, Zulum said.

He added that for the Nigerian military to achieve success, there must be robust coordination and collaboration among all arms.

Zulum charged forces to sustain their firepower and deny insurgents breathing space by blocking all routes they use to launch attacks.

In his remarks, Irabor assured that military operations will receive a boost and vowed to wipe out insurgents.

The CDS craved the understanding and support of the civilian population in the fight against terrorism.

They include the Chief of Defence Staff, Maj. General Leo Irabor; Chief of Army Staff, Maj. General Ibrahim Attahiru; Chief of Naval Staff, AVM Awwal Gambo and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Amao.

A top security source said the visit is expected to brainstorming on how to re-strategise approach that will ensure lasting peace in the region.

The service chiefs were appointed this week to replace the ousted service chiefs, whose sack had long been called for.

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