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Boko Haram: Again, Buhari Meets Service Chiefs Over Anti-Terroristsm Strategies

By Abdul Gafaar Bello – For the second time within a week, President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday held another closed door meeting with the Nigerian service Chiefs in Abuja, to finalize anti-terrorists strategy to be presented at the Lake Chad Basin Commission meeting in Abuja tomorrow.

Briefing journalists after the meeting, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Mr. Ismail Aliyu, indicated that the meeting discussed issues relating to the operationalization of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MJTF) as well as the inputs of member states.

He disclosed Mr. President reiterated his desire to end insurgency in the country and within the sub-region within the shortest possible time.

He further said the meeting held between the Chiefs of Defence Staff of the Lake Chad Basin and Ministers of Defence was at the instance of Thursday’s meeting between the body and President Buhari, adding that the issue relating to operationalization of MJTF and location of its headquarters in N’Djamena, the Chadian capital were equally discussed.

In all, PS Aliyu pointed out that the objective was fighting the insurgency within the region. He stressed President Buhari wanted the war against the terrorists to be won and over as soon as possible for peace, security and prosperity of the region.

The strategic meeting was attended by the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.); Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh as well as Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant Col. Kenneth Minimah and Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshall Adesola Amosu could not attend, as they were away in Maiduguri the Borno State capital, to inspect the state of things at the Insurgents’ Command Centre, just relocated from Abuja.





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