President Muhammad Buhari was received yesterday in Borno State to celebrate Nigeria’s 57th anniversary. President Buhari who had flown in was received by the Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, Service Chiefs and the Chief of Defence Staff.
He paid a visit the Maimalari Military Cantonment where a joint operations division called the “Operation Lafiya Dole” were resident and have been responsible for the newly found peace being experienced in Borno State. Buhari inspected a guard of honour from members of the Nigerian Military before addressing soldiers, policemen, paramilitary personnel and journalists.
In his address, Buhari stated that the efforts put in place to end terrorism and insurgency by Operation Lafiya Dole is commendable and hailed the different Nigerian security forces for doing good jobs. Buhari later promised to give his best to the sustenance of peace in Borno State and the region through the continued support of ‘Operation Lafiya Dole.’
We are here today in Borno State to interact with you (troops) and to celebrate the 57th Independence Day Anniversary. I want to commend you for your sacrifices in the fight against insurgents. I am here as a morale booster and i assure you that we will continue to do our best to support you in the frontline and end all forms of terrorism in our dear country.
We as government will continue to improve on the economy to create jobs for the teaming youths. We are also determined to Kick Corruption out of this country. I was a state governor sometimes ago and Borno was my base. At that time, nobody thought Borno would witness any crisis, but i want to reiterate that we will do our best to restore peace in any part of this great country” the President said.
After his address to the troops, the President cut the Anniversary Cake and interacted with soldiers wounded in action including Sergeants Owen Eze who was shot on the neck during an operation in Gwoza Operational.
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Earlier in his welcome address, Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin thanked the President Buhari immensely for his decision to celebrate the 57th Independence Anniversary with courageous troops who have all sacrificed their lives in the fight against Boko Haram Sect.
“This visit by Mr. President is really a morale booster to us on the frontline. In the last two years, the people in the northeast witnessed series of wanton killings and destruction of properties by insurgents, but we are glad for the relative peace being enjoyed now. And this could not have been achieve without the tremendous support we have been recieving from Mr. President” Olonisakin stated.
The various Heads of Security establishments present during the President’s visit include the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, Chiefs of Air and Naval Staff, Air Marshall Abubakar Sadique and Vice Admiral Ibok-Ette Ibas, the Director General of the Department of State Services, Alhaji Mamman Daura among others.