Insurgency: African continent must step up the level of military cooperation that currently exists – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigeria will not rest until Boko Haram terrorists are completely decimated.
Buhari in a statement by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, said the nation’s armed forces are winning the war against insurgency.
He made this assertion on Saturday during the graduation ceremony of Senior Course 41 at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC) in Jaji, Kaduna State.
“I want to assure you that Nigeria, in partnership with our allies, will not relent until terrorists are completely decimated,’’ he said.
While commending the collaboration with neighbouring countries in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists, the President noted that the effort was crucial in destroying the insurgents.
He, therefore, called for military cooperation among African countries in rooting out the terrorists in the continent.
“Many of the security threats faced by Nigeria are trans-border in nature. That is why the West African sub-region and indeed the African continent must step up the level of military cooperation that currently exists amongst us.
‘‘I am sure you are aware of the collaboration of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, Republic of Cameroun, Niger, Benin and Chad in a multinational operation to decimate Boko Haram terrorists in the Lake Chad Basin and other regions.
‘‘The effort is laudable and has continued to yield positive results, as the war on terror is being won on all sides,” he stated.
The President also assured that the Federal Government will continue to give priority to the training and welfare of officers and men of the Armed Forces, including the eminent institution, established to train tactical and operational level officers on the tenets of staff work and command.
He also commended the Armed Forces for prompt responses to the numerous security challenges facing the county.
‘‘Your response to Boko Haram insurgency, banditry, militancy, kidnapping as well as activities of separatists and armed militias among others have been very commendable”.
“The Nigerian Armed Forces have also committed huge resources towards stability of the West African sub-region and world peace in general,’’ he added.
The Commander-in-Chief while noting that the college had 13 international officers from 11 African countries and the Republic of Korea, commended the officers for the successful completion of the Course 41, an improvement on Senior Course 40, which had 11 international students.