President Muhammadu Buhari has instructed Nigeria’s service chiefs to ensure that the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) and Boko Haram are defeated before he steps down in 2023.
Buhari issued the order during an emergency security meeting on December 24, just 24 hours after rebels fired rockets near the Maiduguri airport shortly before he landed in the North-East city.
The President, perplexed as to why ISWAP insurgents continue to strike unchallenged from the same corridor, instructed that no inch of Nigerian territory be given to terrorists.
The security meeting, according to a high source, was a “frank appraisal session.” He stated,
“No one was happy with how the ISWAP insurgents struck on Thursday and took the shine off Mr. President’s visit.
“The President could not understand the recurring assaults from the same corridor or axis.
“We had a similar incident on December 4. And before the President’s visit, a security /intelligence evaluation was done with a caveat that there should be a subsidiary operation to cordon off this axis.
“Yet the insurgents fired rockets from the same axis and targeted the Maiduguri International Airport.
“Although the President did not betray emotions during his visit, he was certainly not happy with the situation of things.
“The President asked the Service Chiefs not to give terrorists, especially the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP), a breathing space. He directed that no inch of Nigerian territory must be occupied by terrorists.
“He warned against the reversal of the gains the military has made. He also sought a more proactive campaign to rout the insurgents, whether Boko Haram or ISWAP.
“He said his administration is prepared to win the war against insurgency.”
Another source also told the publication that top Army Generals were deployed yesterday to Borno State to “review the situation and boost the war against the insurgents.”
The source said;
“Many Army Generals arrived in Borno State on Friday to review the situation and improve on the operational strategies.”