The Governor of Borno State
, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum has called on the military leadership to sustain its collaboration with Borno State Government, so as to fast track the end of terrorism and insurgency in the North East.
He also lauded troops of Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK) for their sacrifices and commitment in the war against terrorism and insurgency in the North East theatre.
Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu in a statement said that Professor Zulum made the call when he dined with the troops in Maiduguri as part of his tradition during the Eid El Kabir celebration
Governor Zulum noted that there is a remarkable improvement in the relationship between the military and civil authorities.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya said the Eid El Kabir Festival provides a unique opportunity for troops to rededicate themselves, reflect on the objective of their operations and redouble their effort towards fulfilling the constitutional role of defending the territorial integrity of the country.
Urging personnel to remain resilient in tackling the security challenges confronting the nation, the COAS also
commended all officers and soldiers in the theatres of operations across the country.
He charged them to operate in synergy with the sister services, as well as other security agencies and stakeholders.
General Yahaya tasked the troops to remain apolitical and professional in the discharge of their duties in the defence of the nation in conformity with the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The COAS reiterated his pledge to promote merit, recognize gallantry, celebrate excellence and honour heroic acts, adding that he will also not hesitate to punish indiscipline, indolence, negligence and all untoward acts.
He pointed out that the effort is to revamp cherished customs, ethics and traditions of the Nigerian Army.
Gen Yahaya did not forget the fallen heroes, as he paid glowing tributes to all fallen heroes, who paid the supreme price in the fight to restore peace and tranquility in troubled parts of the country.
He said the NA will ensure the comfort of their families, through prompt payment of all their entitlements, including medical bills and scholarships for the children they left behind.
The COAS also expressed appreciation to the Government and people of Borno State for all their support to the troops of OPHK.
He reiterated the unalloyed loyalty of officers and soldiers of the NA to the Constitution and Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.