This, according to a press statement released by the Nigerian Army, is in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive that the military high command be relocated to Borno State, the hotbed of the Boko Haram insurgency.
President Buhari had, during his inauguration on May 29, said the command centre of the military would be relocated to Maiduguri and remain there until Boko Haram is completely subdued.
The establishment of the command centre for ‘Operation Zaman Lafiya’ was contained in a press statement signed by the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, and made available to press men.
“In compliance with Presidential pronouncement and the Chief of Army Staff’s directive, a reconnaissance and advance team for the establishment of Military Command and Control Centre (MCCC) for Operation Zaman Lafiya for the fight against terrorism and insurgency has moved to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
“The team, which is led by a Two -Star General, has already commenced work in earnest and it is comprised of elements of the officer of the Chief of Army Staff, all the relevant Army Headquarters Departments and other combat support components. The centre will serve as a forward command base for the Chief of Army Staff and other service chiefs.
The authorities of the Nigerian Army said arrangement had been made for all Service Chiefs to move into Maiduguri tomorrow (Tuesday).
“The centre is essentially an elaboration of an already existing Army Headquarters Command and Control arrangement. From now on, the fight against terrorism and insurgency would be monitored, coordinated and controlled from this centre.
“I wish to inform you also that its establishment would not create another layer of Command structure but would add impetus and renewed vigour to Operation Zaman Lafiya, all aimed at bringing terrorism and insurgency to an end.
“However, an alternate command centre is also being established in Yola, the Adamawa state capital of the North east”. Colonel Usman stated.