*says new welfare underway
From Nana Muhammad, Maiduguri
President Muhammadu Buhari has said his government must win Boko Haram crisis and provide security to displaced victims of the insurgency in the affected Northeastern states.
Buhari, while declaring open the 2018 Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Conference in Maiduguri, Borno Wednesday said government would support military efforts aimed at ending Boko Haram insurgency.
He asked the army commanders and officers at the conference to concentrate on contemporary security challenges and proffer solutions to the lingering Boko Haram violence.
“As the Commander in Chief, I will continue to do everything within my power to provide the needed equipment for you to perform,” the President said. He said government is working on improved welfare for security agencies.
“As President of the country, I am determined to ensure that every citizen feels safe and secure in all parts of the country. To achieve this, the security agencies must rise to the challenge and curb threats to security in our country,” he said.
While addressing troops at the Parade Ground, Maimalari Cantonment, the President said he is concerned about the recent upsurge of attacks particularly in Metele.
Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai said Borno became the host of the conference because of the recent occurrence and readiness of the President to see troops in the Northeast.
He said the conference was aimed at seeing how the army can help in optimising its operation in sustaining democracy and national security, assuring that the Nigerian Army is capable of providing security to the nation despite the recent setback.