Mil­i­tary: Weather, lo­gis­tics hin­der­ing ter­ror war

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

Ser­vice chiefs yes­ter­day met with Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari and in­formed him that the weather and short­age of lo­gis­tics were hin­der­ing the on­go­ing war against the Boko Haram in­sur­gency.

The closed-door meet­ing, which lasted two hours, was also at­tended by Vice Pres­i­dent Yemi Os­in­bajo and Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser (NSA) re­tired Ma­jor-Gen­eral Baba­gana Monguno.

Ad­dress­ing State House cor­re­spon­dents af­ter the meet­ing, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen­eral Abay­omi Olonisakin, said they briefed Pres­i­dent Buhari on the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try af­ter a 60-day re­view.

He ex­plained that they had to brief the pres­i­dent on the chal­lenges fac­ing the mil­i­tary in the fight against Boko Haram so that the man­date the pres­i­dent had given them could be prop­erly de­liv­ered.

“It was a nor­mal con­sul­ta­tion to in­ti­mate him [the pres­i­dent] of the is­sues on ground. We briefed him on the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion on ground af­ter a 60-day re­view and we had to brief him on the chal­lenges we have and en­sure that the man­date we have is prop­erly de­liv­ered,” he said.

Asked what the chal­lenges were, the Chief of Defence Staff stated: “Of course, the chal­lenges we are look­ing at are the is­sues of prob­a­bly the weather as it were and some other lo­gis­tics that we feel we should have so that the man­date can be quickly de­liv­ered.”

Photo: Felix Onig­binde

Vice Pres­i­dent Yemi Os­in­bajo (M) con­fers with Chief of Air Staff, Air Mar­shal Sadique Abubakar; Chief of Staff, Mr Abba Kyari; NSA Ma­jor Gen­eral Baba­gana Monguno; Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen­eral T.Y. Bu­ratai; Chief of Defence Staff, Gen­eral Abay­omi Gabriel Olonisakin; and Chief of Defence In­tel­li­gence, Air Vice Mar­shal Mor­gan Riku, af­ter a meet­ing with Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari at the Pres­i­den­tial Villa in Abuja yes­ter­day.

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