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Borno Gov Zulum Reacts To Appointment Of New Service Chiefs

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Zulum Speaks On Rewarding Repentant Boko Haram Insurgents

The Governor of Borno State, Babagana Umara Zulum, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the appointment of new Service Chiefs.

Naija News recalls that President Buhari on Tuesday appointed new service chiefs for the nation after he sacked the previous ones.

In a statement by the Presidential Media Aide, Femi Adesina, the president also appreciated the outgone service chiefs for their performance.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday night, Zulum appreciated the former service chiefs for immensely contributing to the ongoing fight against Boko Haram.

He particularly thanked the former  Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Abubakar Sadique for collaborating with the Borno government to tackle insurgency in the state.

Zulum, however, promised to support the new service chiefs with logistics in the fight against Boko Haram in the state and the North East in general.

He said: “The outgoing service chiefs have been with us in the last six years, and during these eventful and challenging years, they immensely contributed to ongoing peace building efforts through the fight against Boko Haram.

“Our rebuilding and resettlement efforts are only possible because of the combined efforts of Lieutenant General Buratai as Chief of Army Staff, Air Marshall Sadique as Chief of Air Staff, of course, with so much contribution from other service chiefs, intelligence bodies, police, paramilitary and volunteers.

“We can’t ignore these huge contributions, but then, as we all know, everything has an appointed time, we thank all the outgoing service chiefs for their contributions and we wish them the best in future endeavours.

“As for the incoming, especially, Gen L.E.O Irabor who is Chief of Defence Staff and General Attahiru, the COAS, both of them have worked here in Borno as theatre commanders of Operation Lafiya Dole, they know all the issues and I am sure they will hit the ground running.

The Borno State Government will accord them the same maximum support we gave their predecessors, and we will continue to our own roles in supporting the military with logistics as we have been regularly doing, we will sustain our mobilisation of communities for intelligence gathering, funding operations of thousands of volunteers, praying for our troops and volunteers in front lines and supporting their families as we have been doing.”

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