President Muhammadu Buhari has given service chiefs a marching order to wipe out the Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists before his tenure ends in 2023.
The President gave the order during an emergency security meeting on Christmas Eve less than 24 hours after the insurgents fired rockets close to the Maiduguri airport shortly before his arrived in the North-East city.
Buhari queried why ISWAP insurgents keep striking from the same corridor unchecked and directed that no inch of the Nigerian territory should be ceded to terrorists.
A top military source disclosed to the media that the activities of the insurgents were a huge concern to the authorities; “No one was happy with how the ISWAP insurgents struck on Thursday and took the shine off Mr. President’s visit.
“The President could not understand the recurring assaults from the same corridor or axis.
“We had a similar incident on December 4. And before the President’s visit, a security /intelligence evaluation was done with a caveat that there should be a subsidiary operation to cordon off this axis.
“Yet the insurgents fired rockets from the same axis and targeted the Maiduguri International Airport.
“Although the President did not betray emotions during his visit, he was certainly not happy with the situation of things.
“The President asked the Service Chiefs not to give terrorists, especially the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP), a breathing space. He directed that no inch of Nigerian territory must be occupied by terrorists.
“He warned against the reversal of the gains the military has made. He also sought a more proactive campaign to rout the insurgents, whether Boko Haram or ISWAP.
“He said his administration is prepared to win the war against insurgency.”
Another source reported disclosed that top Army Generals were deployed to Borno State to “review the situation and boost the war against the insurgents.
“Many Army Generals arrived in Borno State on Friday to review the situation and improve on the operational strategies,” the source stated.