By Abraham Olatokunbo
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Farouq Yahaya, has commended the efforts of Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum towards the motivation of troops engaging terrorist groups in the Northeast.
He was accompanied by the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao and other top commanders to Maiduguri, Borno State.
The Army Chief during homage to Borno State Governor for the Eid-El-Kabir festival at the Borno State Government House Maiduguri, said his host was always paying regular visits to the frontlines, interacting with troops and boosting their morales.
Yahaya said: “From your (Zulum’s) visits to troops on the ground many times, even to several isolated and probably not too secured environments, you have always been there. Every time you have gone, it has gingered and boosted our morale, including also all the support you have been providing to our operations and activities.
“We can only thank and appreciate His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Borno State for all the support that he has been providing for us in operation Hadin Kai and even before when it was operation Lafiya Dole and all along.”
Responding, Governor Zulum thanked the service chiefs and their troops for their sacrifices. He said he has noted continued improvement in the relationship between the military and the civilian authorities, while urging the military to remain in close collaboration with the Borno State government in order to defeat the decade long insurgency in the northeast.
Speaker of Borno State House of Assembly, Abdulkarim Lawan who spoke on behalf of legislators assured of support and cooperative working relationship with the Governor, towards attainment of lofty goals.
Speaking on behalf of the state executive council, Borno’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Kaka-Shehu Lawan, assured of commitment to Zulum’s vision.
Secretary of Borno elders forum, Dr. Bulama Mali Gubio also assured of support from elders in Borno’s match towards full restoration of peace.