ICC Note: Defeating Boko Haram sits at the top of new Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s security agenda. As he promised in his inauguration speech on May 29, the military is moving its command center from the capital Abuja to the front lines of the fight: Maiduguri, the former Boko Haram headquarters and capital of Borno state in the country’s northeast. The move becomes important for Christians facing persecution from Boko Haram because observers remain hopeful that it will aid in subduing the insurgency and as a result, improving the plight of beleaguered believers in northern Nigeria.
By Ndahi Marama
6/9/15 Maiduguri, Nigeria (AllAfrica) — Following President Muhammad Buhari’s directives to military to move its command centre to Maiduguri, the Borno state capital fight Boko Haram sect, the authorities of the Nigerian Army has heeded to the order and concluded arrangement for all Service Chiefs to move in tomorrow (Tuesday).
The establishment of the Command centre for ‘Operation Zaman Lafiya’ was contained in a press statement signed by the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman and made available to our Correspondent in Maiduguri on Monday.
“In compliance with Presidential pronouncement and the Chief of army Staff’s directive, a reconnaissance and advance team for the establishment of Military Command and Control Centre (MCCC) for Operation Zaman Lafiya for the fight against terrorism and insurgency has moved to Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.