War against Boko Haram is a must win, Buhari tells soldiers

War against Boko Haram is a must win, Buhari tells soldiers
Buhari addressing soldiers

President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that the war against insurgency in Nigeria is a must win and that he would do everything possible to encourage the Nigerian troops.

Buhari made the declaration on Wednesday in a keynote address he delivered at the Chief of Army Staff, COAS, conference held in Maiduguri, Borno State.

The conference which was earlier scheduled for Edo State was moved to Maiduguri to boost the morale of the soldiers fighting insurgency in the North East.

It would be recalled that over 100 soldiers were killed by members of the terrorists group, Boko Haram, in an attack at Metele Village, Borno State, recently.

Delivering his address at the conference, Buhari praised the soldiers for doing a good job.

He warned, however, that they should remain focused in the war and not be distracted in any way.

He said his administration was committed to ensuring that everybody was safe in the country.

His words: “I must commend the leadership of the Nigerian Army in moving the venue of this conference to Maiduguri.

“Our officers and soldiers who are fighting terrorism in the north-east deserve all the attention our country’s leadership can demonstrate to them.

“As president of the country, I am determined to ensure that every citizen feels safe and secure in all parts of the country.

“I am, of course, aware that in the recent months and in the recent days, there have been some operational losses in the northern part of Borno State. I know that you are 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 North East and making the entire area safe for all. I urge you all to keep up the good work.

“It is a must win war. I want to encourage our troops not to be distracted but remain focused and committed to the task of eliminating Boko Haram from the surface of the earth.

“I want to assure you that as your Commander-In-Chief, I will do everything within my power to continue empowering you by providing all the necessary equipment for you to prevail on the field.

“I also want you to be aware that I am currently looking at measures to improve your entitlements and welfare generally.

“I therefore wish to reiterate that leaders of all strata of our society including the Armed Forces must embrace the wind of change that is blowing across the country for good.”