President Muhamamdu Buhari on Sunday met Service Chiefs over the latest killing of dozens of soldiers by Boko Haram insurgents,
BusinessDay Villa sources said the meeting was part of the President’s move to find ways to stop the killings, following the latest attack on Nigeria Soldiers that left over 100 dead
“You know that he had earlier dispatched the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan Ali, to meet with President Idris Deby of the Republic of Chad over the issue. So the meeting is a continuation of that effort” said a Villa source who did not want his name in print.
The killing of many Nigeria soldiers by Boko Haram was seen as an embarrassment to the Buhari administration
The source disclosed that “ Nigeria has been having problems with the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) put together to secure the Lake Chad basin areas and repeal the Boko Haram terrorism attacks against all the countries neighbouring the Lake.”
He noted that although Chad has been having its own internal security challenges, “ their pulling out of the joint border patrol team, around Lake Chad, is affecting Nigeria’s efforts to successfully crush Boko Haram.
“ That lacuna is being exploited by the Boko Haram terrorists, who go in and out of Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon to launch terrorist acts. This is a clear illustration of the fact that terrorism is beyond national borders.”
President Muhammadu Buhari had on Saturday expressed deep shock over the killing of military personnel in Metele village of Borno State by Boko Haram terrorists, assuring at the same time that immediate measures are being taken to ensure that the loopholes which led to the fatalities are blocked once and for all.
The President had in a statement signed by Presidential Spokesman Garba Shehu, , said that his administration remains ever committed and focused on the security of military personnel and other citizens.
“No responsible Commander-in-Chief would rest on his oars or fold his hands to allow terrorists to endanger the lives of its military personnel and other citizens.
“Our loyal forces have proved their strength over the terrorists and we are ready to give them all the needed support in terms of equipment and manpower to succeed in ending the renewed threat. In the coming days, I am engaging the Military and Intelligence Chiefs in extensive discussions on the next steps we shall be taking.”
The President had noted that fighting terrorism has taken a global dimension, which necessitates international collaboration among states facing similar security challenges.
Buhari also reassured Nigerians of his continued commitment to their security and of his efforts to sustain the momentum in the previous significant successes recorded against the terrorists.
He, however, advised Nigerians against making a political capital out of national tragedy, stressing that members of the armed forces are one family who are commonly committed to the security and safety of all Nigerians.
Tony Ailemen, Abuja
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