President Muhammadu Buhari earlier today visited Borno State for the first time since he became president in 2015.
The number one citizen of the country acknowledge the efforts of the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in Borno state, security operatives, Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima and members of Civilian JTF for their collective efforts in the fight against Boko Haram.
PMB, arrived the Parade Ground of Maimalari Cantonment 7 Div, Maiduguri at about 12:05 in the afternoon, addressed the troops which comprised of the Military, Police and other Para Military Personnel.
In his address, Buhari said, the efforts put in place by security forces in sustaining peace, unity and progress of Nigeria as an indivisible country is highly commendable.
The President said the Federal Government will continue to support the troops of ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’ to end the lingering crisis of insurgents and terrorism in the northeast.
“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.
“I want to also say that those who think they can do everything to divide Nigeria are jokers, because Nigeria is an indivisible 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 will witness any crisis, but I want to reiterate that we will do our best to restore peace in any part of this great country”. Buhari stated.
After addressing the troops, he also took time and cut the Anniversary Cake and interacted with wounded Soldiers in action including Sergeants Owen Eze who was shot in the neck in Gwoza Operational Base.
Earlier in his welcome address, Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin appreciated President Buhari for the visit and to celebrate the 57th Independence Anniversary with gallant troops who have all sacrificed their lives in the fight against Boko Haram Sect.
“This visit by Mr. President is really a morale booster for us on the frontline. Recall that 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 achieved without the tremendous support we have been receiving from Mr. President”. Olonisakin said.
Among those who accompanied the President to Maiduguri is the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ette Ibas, and the Director-General of the Department of State Services, Alhaji Mamman Daura among other service chiefs.