Take battle to terrorists’ hideouts, Buhari orders military
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Thursday, again directed the military to take the fight to terrorists’ “hideouts and ensure they are completely eliminated.”
Buhari also urged the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development and its agencies to come up with specific programmes to address urgent threats posed by explosive remnants in the North East.
According to a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, Buhari gave the directive on the occasion of World Humanitarian Day 2022 in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
The statement was titled ‘President Buhari directs humanitarian affairs ministry, others to ensure unimpeded return of IDPs in the north east directs security agencies to eliminate insurgents.’
Buhari, who affirmed government’s commitment to reducing the effect of disasters, climate change, insurgency and challenges of Internally Displaced Persons, directed the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and its agencies to pay particular attention to emerging issues amid the return and rehabilitation of Nigerians displaced in the 13-year conflict and insurgency in the region.
To the military, he said, “Men and officers of Operation Lafiya Dole, security agencies and the Multi-National Joint Task Force are very much appreciated for their commitment to the fight against insurgency.
“I commend their professionalism and tactical penetration to the hideout of the criminal elements, leading to appreciable improvement of the security situation in this North East Region, without which the resettlement of the IDP’s would not be possible.
“I, therefore, implore you not to relent in your efforts, continue to take the fight to their hideouts and ensure they are completely eliminated.”
He also implored the military to ensure adequate security for farmers in their farming activities saying “Agricultural activities are most needed for settlement and development of the rural areas and this can only be achieved if the farmers are sure of their safety.”
Harping on unexploded IEDs, the President said, “The emerging issues include the increasing number of orphans and widows. From our experience in the unfortunate Civil War, I know the threat that unexploded ordnances can pose to returnees even after the conflict has ended as we saw in the latest IED incident in Bama just last week.
“I urge the ministry and its agencies as well as State Governments and the Special Committee I have set up under the Chairmanship of the Vice President to come up with specific programmes and projects that respond to these emerging challenges of explosive ordnance as well as that of children orphaned by insurgency.”