Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Rogers Nicholas, has called on communities in the northeast people to support the military by sharing intelligence information about the insurgent Boko Haram members.
Mr Nicholas, major general, said doing that will effectively fast track the successful completion of the counter-insurgency operation in the region.
He dropped the plea when he visited troops in the front-line in Magumeri, Gubio and Mobbar local government areas of Borno.
He said that it was imperative for the communities to be vigilant and provide useful information to security agencies on suspicious persons in their communities.
“We always asked that everybody should be on board in the campaign against insurgency, we expect everybody in the northeast to support the military to achieve the end set; that is to do away with insurgency completely.
“We are asking people to give us information; intelligence, when you see anything you report to us as quickly as possible, if you have any information no matter how little it is just pass the information to us.
“Communities must show resilience and take security into their hands; they should also be able to provide little security for them not just give in when two Boko Haram insurgents come with motorbike to harass them, they should be able to take on them.
“So we are expecting people across the board to support the military in the campaign against insurgency, we expect people to support us with everything including prayers,” he said.
The theatre commander tasked commanding officers in the frontline to lead their men well to enable them crush the Boko Haram insurgents.
He advised the commanders to be creative and demonstrate high sense of leadership in the management of their commands.
Mr Nicholas added “We are making serious progress and dealing with the insurgents very well, it is a good news for all our soldiers so that we can finish this operation as quickly as possible so that you can go back home to your families.”
He emphasised that the Federal Government had adopted proactive measures to ensure adequate provision of logistics and improvement of soldiers’ welfare.
The commander visited troops at 158 Task Force Battalion, Kareto; 145 Battalion, Damasak; 5 Brigade Command, Gubio and military formation, Magumeri.