President Muhammadu Buhari has urged troops of Operation Hadin Kai to remain steadfast as they go into the final phase of the campaign against insurgency and other forms of criminalities.
The president, according to a statement issued by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, made the call; when he addressed the troops at the Airforce Base in Maiduguri, Borno State, on Thursday, December 23.
According to President Buhari, the entire nation remains grateful for the gallantry displayed; in ensuring the gradual return of peace to the North East; while condoling with families that have lost loved ones, and the wounded.
He said: “I urge you also to stay focused to achieve our strategic end-state which is the defeat of all adversaries and restoration of an economically viable North-East Geopolitical Zone and other parts of the country where Nigerians are free to go about their activities without fear or harassment.’’
Buhari assured families of soldiers who paid the supreme price for the nation; and the injured that the Federal Government would cater for their needs, recognizing their sacrifices for all Nigerians.
“I am delighted to be with you today and to convey my gratitude and that of the entire nation to you all; as you continuously strive to secure our dear country.
“Your career is like no other because it is a conscious commitment; and preparedness to give your best for the sake of others.
“I am therefore here on behalf of a grateful nation to thank; and commend you for your service and sacrifices.
“Let me start by commiserating with you all on the unfortunate loss of Brigadier General Dzarma Zirkushu and other personnel of 25 and 28 Task Force Brigades, who died on Nov. 13, 2021.
“I do this mindful of the fact that we have lost others in this Theatre of Operation; as well as other operational areas across the country.
“We pray for the repose of their souls and for the Almighty God to comfort the families that they left behind.
“The people of Borno State and indeed the entire country owe a debt of gratitude to our serving men in uniform; for the huge sacrifices in the pursuit of peace,” he said.
He maintained that the government would continue to ensure that the widows and children of fallen heroes were well catered for; to help them fully realize their potentials.