Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Major-General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, Tuesday assured that he would provide new strategic and operational direction in the prosecution of the fight against terror in the country.
The new CDS said this at the handing and taking over ceremony between him and the former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Sabundu Badeh (rtd) at the Defence Headquarters. He noted that a lot has been done in the ongoing counter-insurgency operation in the North-east.
“In furtherance of the successes so far achieved, we will look at ways to strengthen the existing arrangement as well as provide new strategic direction. We will set specific timelines and milestones to be achieved; look at gaps in the ongoing efforts and do all that are needful, with the support of government, to address these gaps especially in the areas of actionable intelligence, logistics, communication and other critical equipment,” he said.
According to Olonisakin, it is imperative for the army to collaborate with other security agencies, especially in the areas of intelligence gathering.
“We must explore every available means to obtain real-time and actionable intelligence in all our operations. We shall strengthen the newly established Military Command Control Centre with necessary personnel and equipment for greater coordination of the North-east operation, in line with Presidential directives,” he said.
The new CDS also vowed to strengthen, provide support and direction to achieve greater success in curbing oil theft and illegal oil bunkering in Nigerian water ways. Other criminal activities within the country will be tackled.
The CDS lauded the achievements of his predecessor, Badeh, and thanked him for the untiring effort at improving the operational efficiency of the Nigerian Armed Forces and promised consolidate on his monumental legacies.