The Minister of Defence, retired Lt.-Gen. Aliyu Gusau, has expressed satisfaction with the ongoing military operations against the insurgents in the North-East.
Gusau said in Abuja on Tuesday said when he visited the Defence Headquarters and other services with the Minister of State for Defence, Sen. Musliu Obanikoro, that the Federal Government encouraged that the operations were going on very well, adding that he had been briefed about the operations and he was satisfied.
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 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,” he said.
The minister said that the Federal Government was already talking to the neighbouring countries to see how they could team up with Nigeria to tackle the insurgents.
At the Air Force Headquarters, the minister commended the cordial relationship that existed between the services in the joint operations in the North-East and Niger-Delta, adding: “That is how it should be and that is what is needed to fight the insurgents,’’ Gusau added.
He congratulated the officers and men of the Air Force for the services they were rendering to the nation and said he had noted the requirements that the Air Force had put up,promising to forward them to the president for consideration.
Earlier, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, congratulated the ministers on their appointments and urged the officers to shun rivalry in whatever they were doing, adding that he was happy that the Chiefs of Army and Air Staff were working together to bring the scourge of terrorism to an end.
Said Badeh: “I thank God that the Chief of Air and Army staffs are course mates and they even go on patrols together, it has 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 they are doing,” he said.
The CDS also congratulated the officers and men of the Air Force for the job that they were doing.
On his part, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu, briefed the minister on the operations of the Air Force in the North-East and Niger-Delta.
Amosu said that the operation in the North-East was yielding results, adding that after stabilising the North-East, the military should be allowed to stay back and ensure that peace remain in the area.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Kenneth Minimah, also congratulated the ministers on their appointments when the duo visited the Army Headquarters and assured them that the army with the support of the ministry and other security agencies were taking steps to curtail and eradicate all acts of criminality.