By Patrick Aigbokhan
Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai has called for collaboration between the army and the Department of State Service in a bid to curb Boko Haram insurgency in the country.
Buratai, who made the call in an electronic mail on Friday, signed by the Chief of Staff, Army Public Relations, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, for the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, also called for joint training exercises and intelligence sharing between the two security agencies for successful joint operations.
According to the statement, Buratai made the call while paying a courtesy call on Alhaji Lawal Daura, Director-General of DSS, in Abuja.
He was said to have highlighted the strategic importance of the DSS, especially in the area of intelligence gathering and urged the nation’s secret police to collaborate with the army.
Buratai also restated the determination of the army to carry out its statutory responsibility of defending the territorial integrity of the nation.
He was quoted as stressing the importance of collaboration, while also offering to provide the requisite expertise when necessary.
In his response, the DSS boss, Daura, urged officers and men of Nigerian Army to consider the DSS as partners in the security of the nation.
He was said to have described the DSS as an extension of the army.
…NSA, Service Chiefs vow In Maiduguri to end insurgency
The National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj-Gen (rtd) Babagana Monguno and four other Service Chiefs for Defence, Army, Air Force and Police have declared to end Boko Haram insurgency that has claimed many lives and property in the North East sub-region of the country.
Monguno made the declarations and pledges Friday in Maiduguri, when five Service Chiefs paid an official courtesy visit to Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State at the Government House.
The four other Service Chiefs were the Chief of Defence Staff, Maj-Gen. Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Maj-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Baba Sadiq Abubakar; and the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase.
He said the most pressing issue in the country is the Boko Haram insurgency and that was why President Muhammadu Buhari has replaced all the Service Chiefs to end these terror attacks and bombings in the North East.
“The tendency is to replace the service chiefs with a mandate from the President to end Boko Haram insurgency that has claimed a lot of lives and property in the North East. Less than 24 hours after we were sworn-in and decorated by the President, we are here in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital for reassessment of military operations to end the insurgency in three months,” said Monguno; noting that the President has picked the right service chiefs to end the terrorism.
He assured the governor and the people of Borno State that the service chiefs will not be found wanting in the fight to end Boko Haram insurgency that has claimed many lives and property.
“For us here in Maiduguri to end this insurgency, we are to assess all the military operational details that will facilitate various ‘aerial and ground troops’ fight against Boko Haram to the finish. This could be completed before we can launch a consistent and rapid campaign against terror and terrorists’ activities in the North East and the country at large,” pledged Monguno.
He however noted that the military alone cannot end insurgency that has already destroyed many people’s lives and property.
He said the victory over Boko Haram cannot be won, without involving the larger society.
“We are not going to work against your interest of restoring peace and unity in the North East. We are here to involve all of you affected by this terrorism that claimed the lives of many of your sons, daughters, parents, guardians, including your traditional and religious leaders sacked from towns and villages for over six years. We want you also to help us with credible information to end this insurgency,” warning that the people should come out from their closets and assist the military to end insurgency.
Responding, Governor Shettima said that the people had been cooperating with the military and other security agencies to end the Boko Haram insurgency that has caused a lot of havoc on people’s lives and property for five or six years.
“We are giving you our unalloyed support and cooperation to all the Service Chiefs committed in fighting to end this Boko Haram madness that killed over 300,000 people and the destruction of towns and villages in 20 Local Government Areas of our state, Borno,” said Shettima to Monguno, who led the delegation of service chiefs.
On the victims of insurgency, Shettima said: “We will continue to work for the people by investing in education, so that our children and future generations do not become another new set of insurgents.
“We are saying that we are against Boko Haram, because of the establishment of our Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) to end this madness of incessant killings and destruction of people’s property not only in Borno State, but the neighbouring states of Yobe, Adamawa, Gombe, Taraba and Bauchi in the North East.
“If this Boko Haram madness comes to an end, your names will be written in gold; and the country and its citizenry will be proud of all of you here in Maiduguri.”