Army seeks partnership with associations to end insurgency

The General Officer Commanding ( GOC) of 7 Division, Nigerian Army , Brig . – Gen. Abdulmalik Biu, has urged trade unions and co – operative societies in Borno State to support the military to end Boko Haram insurgency in the North- East .
A statement in Maiduguri yesterday by Director, Army Public Relations, Brig . – Gen. Texas Chukwu , said Biu made the call when members of the associations paid him a courtesy visit at Maimalari Cantonment , Maiduguri .
He said support of trade unions and co -operative societies through sharing of “ credible information ” could expedite military campaigns to end insurgency in the region .
“ As critical stakeholders , your collaboration is vital towards ending the insurgency . I call on you to come forward with relevant information that will aid security operatives in the region , ” said Biu in the statement .
Biu, who reiterated the commitment of the military to end Boko Haram insurgency to restore peace and unity in the country , assured the associations of military ’ s support to enable them carry out their legitimate businesses with adequate security .
Meanwhile , Chairman of Borno State Fish Traders Association ( BFTA ) , Abacha Mandalam , commended the successes recorded by the military in the war against insurgency and peace building .
He noted that the efforts of the military had encouraged the growth of commercial activities in the state .
He, therefore , pledged to support the military in its constitutional responsibilities of protecting the territorial integrity of the nation against foreign aggressors .
Maude Gwadabe of Radio Ndarason International who said the visit was to enhance cordial civil – military relations , said : “ I pledge the association ’ s support through credible information sharing in the on – going counter – insurgency operations in the North-East , ” said Gwadabe .
He said the radio station was funded by development partners to promote peace building and provide a platform for discussing solutions to the security crisis in the region and the Lake Chad region .

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