President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered members of the Nigerian Armed Forces to confront terrorists and wipe them off the face of the earth.
The president gave the order at the Jaji Military Cantonment in Kaduna State while addressing military officers at the graduation ceremony of 247 students of the Senior Course 44 of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC).
He said the last 12 years have been very challenging for Nigeria, considering the different security threats that have besieged the country.
According to the president, “Most of the security challenges in the world today are both asymmetric and trans-border in nature, involving mainly non-state actors in different regions and sub-regions of the world. The West African sub-region and indeed our beloved continent of Africa are not immune to these threats.
“We have witnessed recent terrorist attacks in Nigeria bearing the hallmark of national and trans-border insurgents trying to cause havoc in Nigeria as well as in neighbouring countries.
“It will be part of your duty to confront these terrorists and insurgents and wipe them off the face of the earth and bring peace to our countries.”
He assured that his government would continue to provide the required guidance and support to ensure that the desired results are achieved.
“Combating these prevalent security threats effectively demands that African countries continue to work together at all levels; be it tactical, operational, and strategic, to this end, the ongoing collaboration of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, Cameroun, Niger Republic, and Chad in a multinational operation to combat the Boko Haram Insurgency in the Lake Chad region has been productive and particularly commendable and successful.
“The synergy achieved in operating together must have been enhanced by an understanding of the doctrines of the cooperating forces. Our government is poised to promote national security and development, as well as to remain committed to promoting a vision of a secure, safe, just, peaceful, prosperous, and strong Nigeria.
“The Armed Forces of Nigeria are working tirelessly to enhance their combat effectiveness, operational capability, and training necessary to eliminate the threats, in synergy with other institutions and nations. The response of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to the Boko Haram insurgency, banditry, militancy, kidnapping as well as the activities of separatists and armed militias amongst others have been commendable. This government will continue to provide the required guidance and support to ensure that the desired results are achieved,” he said.