President Muhammadu Buhari has charged the Nigerian army to intensify its efforts and work closely with other security agencies to develop new strategies to eradicate insurgency and address other current security challenges.
Buhari gave the charge in Owerri on Monday when he declared open the 2016 Chief of Army Staff Conference.
According to the president, the new strategies should be major focus of the conference.
He emphasised that the conference would only worth the while if the deliberations that emanated from it “will enhance stability in all parts of the country currently witnessing insecurity’’.
“I assure you that I will diligently study the report and recommendations resulting from the conference and implement those recommendations that practicable and implementable,’’ the president said.
Represented b y the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Babachir Lawal, Buhari noted that the quest for security and development of the country had remained a serious national concern.
The president acknowledged the sacrifices so far made by “gallant officers and soldiers of the Nigerian army in protecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of this great country’’.
“These efforts have led to the dis-lodging of insurgents from areas hitherto viewed as their strongholds.
“It has also led to the rescue of abducted persons, relocation of internally displaced persons to their abandoned communities and gradual return to normalcy in the North East.
“The effort has almost stabilised the security situation in the Niger Delta and other parts of Nigeria.
“The spectacular achievement of the security agencies in the fight to defeat terrorism, insurgency and militancy in Nigeria reinforce my earlier position that these threats would soon be a thing of the past.’’