By Vera Anyagafu
Nigeria’s President, Mohammed Buhari on Monday February 24, 2020 met behind closed doors with his Service Chiefs and the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, at the Presidential Villa, barely 24 hours after given a marching order to the military to embark on an aggressive campaign to rout Boko Haram.
After the closed-door meeting with President Buhari, the Service Chiefs also went to the Office of the Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari, where they also had another meeting.
The meetings which came on the heels of the recent attack on Garkida community of Adamawa State where Boko Haram insurgents murdered many, was to reinforce the nation’s security architecture as a result of the escalating security challenges the country is facing.
The President while reacting on the deadly attacks said that his administration has significantly weakened Boko Haram’s military capability to invade and hold Nigerian territory unchallenged.
In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, President Buhari condemned the attack on the community and assured that no part of Nigeria would be abandoned to their fate anymore, saying that in the coming weeks Nigerians would witness an aggressive campaign to rout Boko Haram once and for all.
“These attacks on soft targets by the terrorists are obvious signs of frustration because my administration has significantly weakened Boko Haram’s military capability to invade and hold Nigerian territory unchallenged,
“Our gallant forces deserve our appreciation for repelling the attackers but they must go beyond this point. They have our full support to go after the terrorists and have them pay a huge price. I want to assure the country that terrorists will continue to face the combined power of our military until they give up their mistaken ways”, he stated.
The President also added that. “These occasional and episodic attacks on poor civilians by the terrorists are mere propaganda efforts to portray them as strong in order to fool the public into believing that they haven’t been militarily weakened by our gallant troops.”
However, the meeting had in attendance the IGP, Adamu, the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar, including the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas.