President Muhammadu Buhari, in company of his Chief of Staff, Alhaji Abba Kyari arrived in Maiduguri, Borno on Friday for the celebration of the Nigerian Army day. The president who was on one day visit was welcomed by the Borno state governor Governor Kashim Shettima, as well as the Chiefs of Defence Staff, Army Staff and Air Staff – General Abayomi Olonisakin, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai and Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.
Other top officials of the state Executive Council and military officers were also present to welcome the president.
Shortly after his arrival, the President , via an Air Force chopper proceeded to the 8 Division of the Nigerian Army, Munguno, some kilometers away from Maiduguri to participate in the activities lined up to mark the 2018 Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL)
Nonetheless, reports were gathered that Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo had on Thursday, attended the military exhibition and trade fair in Monguno in line with the activities marking the week.
In his opening remark at the event, Lieutenant General Buratai briefed the President and other Nigerians on the Army operations in Borno and other states and how the Boko Haram insurgency had greatly affected them.
He promised that the Army, however would continue to carry out its responsibilities in accordance with the rule of law and the Nigerian Constitution in protecting the lives and properties of all the citizens.
Governor Shettima thanked the Federal Government for their huge efforts in battling terrorism in the country and said “although the President left the military over 30 years ago, the military refused to leave him”.
President Buhari who was the special guest of honor assured the citizens that things were being put into place and that the terrorists were surrendering willingly to the troops. He also assured them that efforts are also being made by his administration to secure the release of Leah Sharibu, the remaining Chibok girls, and other captives in the custody of terrorist group.
Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai had earlier conducted environmental sanitation at Gudunbali, one of the communities currently resettled, and donated tractors to farmers.
The army also conducted medical outreach to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Maiduguri, Bama, Dikwa and Monguno areas of Borno state.