The Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum has called on the newly appointed service chiefs to allow for constructive criticisms and work with civilians in the North-East in order to defeat Boko Haram.
He also advised them to collaborate with militaries of neighbouring Chad, Cameroon and Niger to smoke out Boko Haram terrorist group from the country.
The Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Lucky Irabor, led the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Zubairu Gambo, and Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Oladayo Amao, to a strategic meeting with top military hierarchy in Borno State before leading them on courtesy visit to Borno State Governor and the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Garbai El-Kanemi.
Zulum, while addressing them at the Borno State Government House Chamber, said there was need for aggressive collaboration with armed forces in neighboring countries of Chad, Cameroon and Niger Republic.
He also sought enhanced ties between the military and civilian population to bridge trust deficit and increase military’s access to intelligence gathering, which he said, was key to success in the fight against insurgency.
He equally urged the service chiefs to tolerate fair and constructive criticisms that might be made in good faith to enhance their productivity.
He called on the military to ensure a continued and sustained operations to deny insurgents breathing space by blocking all routes to avoid terrorists moving from one region to another.