Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has ordered Tukur Buratai, chief of Army staff and Sadique Abubakar, chief of Air staff among others, to relocate to Maiduguri, Borno state capital, with immediate effect.
The directive came on the back of an emergency meeting he had with some of the service chiefs on Thursday, July 27, 2017.
The acting president said there was a need for the nation’s military chiefs to move back to the Maiduguri command centre to consolidate the gains against Boko Haram insurgency.
Apart from Buratai and Abubakar, those who attended the meeting were Mansur Dan-Ali, minister of defence; Gabriel Olonisakin, chief of defence staff and Ekwe Ite-Ibas, chief of naval staff.
Speaking after the meeting with state house correspondents, Dan-Ali said:
“We just finished a meeting with the acting president and the three service chiefs. We agreed that they should move back to the command centre again and see what are the things happening there.
“We have also agreed that we should get more surveillance devices, cameras that will be able to see distant attackers coming to the position of our troops.
“Also, the period of the raining season is a difficult moment for us. We cannot dominate the environment like what we do during the dry season but efforts are geared towards regaining our areas. All these ambushes that are happening would be stopped.”
“The meeting was also attended by Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS); Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Vice Admiral Ekwe Ite-Ibas, Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), and Air Vice Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, the Chief of Air Staff (CAS).”