By Bukar Bolori
Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, has described the late Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru as committed to ending the age long Boko Haram crisis in the North East.
Zulum, who was accompanied on Saturday by his predecessor, Senator Kashim Shettima and Senator Abubakar Kyari, representing Borno North to the jana’iza (funeral prayers) of the late Chief of Army Staff, where they joined other top dignitaries and hundreds of sympathizers, said: “The commitment of the late chief of army staff to the fight against Boko Haram was very obvious.”
The governor, in a statement issued after his visit by his spokesman, Mallam Isa Gusau, noted that: “Within the short time he served, he had been to Borno on multiple occasions, meeting operational commanders and troops at battle fronts.”
He added that: “In all his interactions, he regularly motivated troops. The people of Borno thank him and all our gallant fallen heroes for their unquantifiable service to Borno and rest of Nigeria.”
The Governor said the late chief of staff was evidently committed to the fight against Boko Haram and was determined to significantly contribute to ending the insurgency.
He recalled that the COAS who died in a air crash on Friday, had since his appointment been to Borno State more than six times, to supervise ongoing military operations against Boko Haram, and had visited different army formations, mobilize and motivated troops in front lines in peace building efforts.