This was stated during the president’s speech at the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Annual Conference in Maiduguri, Borno State on Wednesday, November 28, 2018.
“As president of the country, I’m determined to ensure that every citizen feels safe and secure in all parts of the country,” he said.
While acknowledging the Army’s recent operational losses to Boko Haram with over 100 soldiers reported to be dead, the president said the Army must remain committed to defeating the terrorist group.
He said, “In the recent months and recent days, there have been some operational losses in the northern part of Borno, particularly in Jilli, Arege and Metele.
“I know that you’re doing your best to reverse this trend and I want to assure you that no effort will be spared in providing the necessary support you require to complete the task.
“We remain committed to ending the crisis in the northeast and making the area safe for all. I urge you all to keep up the good work.
“I’m also painfully aware that some gallant officers and soldiers have paid the supreme price in the course of these anti-terrorist operations.
“While we remember them, I must also convey the deep gratitude of the government and people of Nigeria to the late soldiers and their families for their heroic sacrifices.
“Our thoughts and prayers are also with all other victims of Boko Haram’s atrocities and their families.”
The president said security remains one of the cardinal objectives of his administration and promised that no effort will be spared to support troops, including reviewing their welfare package.