The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai has extolled President Muhammadu Buhari’s leadership capability, recalling how a single presidential directive led to unprecedented victory against Boko Haram.
Buratai, who delivered a speech at a conference on Peace Building and Reconstruction in Lake Chad Basin held in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, said the directive to relocate the Army Command and Control Centre to Maiduguri, Borno State, was key to military success in the North East.
President Buhari had in his inaugural speech last year May, gave the directive for the Command and Control Centre to be moved to the North East, a move that was hailed by many as strategic and a morale booster to troops in the battlefront.
This much was acknowledged by the Army chief, who stressed that strategic decisions taken by the president provided a new focus and energy to the Nigerian troops fighting Boko Haram.
“I received a Presidential directive to move the Army Command and Control Centre to Maiduguri and to subsequently defeat Boko Haram by December last year. This strategic directive provided the platform upon which we undertook the task which has largely been achieved”, Buratai stated, adding that the military would not relent until all liberated towns and villages had become safe for economic and social activities.
He also commended Nigerian legislators, governments of neighboring countries, the African Union and the international community for their support in the war against insurgency in Nigeria.