By Ibidapo Balogun
The renewed insurgency in the North-east and insecurity in other parts of the country dominated discussions on Tuesday as President Mohammadu Buhari met service chiefs at Defence House in Abuja, his first meeting since he was inaugurated as the new president.
There have been at least four Boko Haram attacks in Borno and Yobe states since Buhari was inaugurated president on Friday, May 29.
During the meeting, the service chiefs gave the president general security briefing of the country.
Buhari had said during his inauguration that the command headquarters of the military would move to Maiduguri until Boko Haram is defeated.
Among the Service Chiefs in attendance at the meeting were Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Kenneth T. J. Minimah, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal A. N. Amosun, Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral U. O. Jibrin and Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, Jubrin said: “Since he was inaugurated as the President and Commander in Chief, this is the first time that we are formally meeting him to give a general security briefing of the country and that went very well.’’
He said the military would like to maintain the level of successes recorded against Boko Haram terrorists and sustain it until they are defeated.
He said the military would go back and work on the command centre, following the President’s directive that it had to relocate to Maiduguri.
Jubrin also said the military would report back to the President. “This won’t take too long and we must come back as quickly as possible,’’ he said.
On the resurgence of the terrorists, Jubrin urged Nigerians to continue to support the security operatives in the battle against Boko Haram.
“The step is for all Nigerians to continue to support us and provide us with the needed intelligence as to the human beings, their movements.
“Any suspicious movement can be reported to the police and, of course, the police will make that available to us.
“As we continue to put pressure on them in the Sambisa area, they will try to run away from there and then create bombs through Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), ’’ he said.