The Minister of Defence, Lt.-Gen. Aliyu Gusau (Rtd), Tuesday said the federal government was satisfied with the ongoing counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency campaign of the security forces against the Boko Haram sect in the North-east.
To this end, Gusau promised to make funds available for the operations, adding that negotiations are in top gear with neighbouring countries to secure their full support and cooperation in the fight against the insurgents.
The minister gave the assurance while speaking to journalists after more than two hours of closed door meeting at his maiden visit together with the Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musliu Obanikoro to the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) and other services.
According to him, the general counter-terrorism operation and renewed offensive to dislodge members of the Boko Haram from their North-east strongholds was yielding the desired results.
He said: “The operation is going on very well and I have been briefed on what is going on there and I am satisfied. The military is doing very well and all that is needed is to encourage them.
“Whatever is the requirement of the armed forces, we will take them to the government and I believe that the government will do whatever is necessary to fund the armed forces.”
“The federal government is already talking to our neighbouring countries to see how we can team up to tackle the insurgents,” he revealed.
While at the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) headquarters, the minister commended the cordial relationship that exists between the services, especially in their joint operations in the North-east and the Niger-Delta.
He said: “That is how it should be and that is what is needed to fight the insurgents.”
Gusau also gave a special commendation for the efforts being put up by the air force in the renewed offensive against terrorists and promised to forward them to the president for immediate consideration.
He also extolled the team spirit in the operation that exists among all the security organisations in the country, which had led to the victory that is now in sight, saying, “that is what it should be.”
Earlier at the DHQ, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, congratulated the ministers on their appointments.
Badeh also used the opportunity to urge the officers and men of the military services to shun rivalry in their duty to the nation, adding “I am happy that the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and Chief Air Staff (CAS) are working together to bring the scourge of terrorism to an end.
“I thank God that the COAS and CAS are coursemates and they even go on patrols together and it had never happened before in this country.
“We have a new set of service chiefs in Nigeria and we are very lucky to have them, I will just commend them and ask that officers must remove eye-service from what you are doing,” he noted.
On his part, the CAS, Air Marshal Adekunle Amosu, hinted that the security forces are close