President Muhammadu Buhari has issued one of his first directives.
After being sworn in as President, he wasted no time in announcing that
the Nigerian Military Command will be moving from Abuja to
Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, in order to fight Boko Haram.
Maiduguri has been the epicenter of the battle against Boko Haram. It is
also where about 200 Chibok girls were abducted and still have not been
returned. Maiduguri has also been subjected to unrelenting attacks and
suicide bombings for several years.
While giving the directive to the miliary, President Buhari said:
“The command centre will be relocated to Maiduguri and remain until
Boko Haram is completely subdued. But we can not claim to have
defeated Boko Haram without rescuing the Chibok girls and all other
innocent persons held hostage by insurgents.”
President Buhari, by issuing this policy change in his inaugural address,
is sending the message that restoring security from Boko Haram will be a
major priority for his administration. This move is believed to improve
the coordination of the military in carrying out counter-attacks against
He blamed the previous government for allowing the terrorists grow
wild. “Through official bungling, negligence, complacency or collusion
Boko Haram became a terrifying force taking tens of thousands of lives
and capturing several towns and villages covering swathes of Nigerian