From Francis Okoye, Maiduguri
The Theatre Commander of Operation Hadin Kai, Maj-Gen. Christoper Musa, said officers and men of the Theatre Command have been unrelenting in their mission to restore lasting peace to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, and other troubled parts of the North-East.
He said the military, in recent times, have provided the avenue for Borno farmers to return to their farms, business activities to thrive and schools that were shut to be reopened.
Gen. Musa, who assumed duty as Theatre Commander on June 18, disclosed this in a live interview with a military radio station in Maiduguri.
In the broadcast, General Musa noted that: “Operation HADIN KAI, was initially LAFIYA DOLE, but now HADIN KAI, this is to show you we want the synergy, both the civil populace, the military, paramilitary, all joining hands to make sure that it is a success.”Secondly, the operation is going on smoothly as we can see that Maiduguri is getting more vibrant and more activities are coming-in and now that there is the rainy season we are encouraging people to go back to their farms, because once we don’t have food, food will be scarce and we already know the level of poverty.
“So, we are providing that avenue for people to go back to their farms, markets to thrive and schools to resume. “The University of Maiduguri resumed recently and this is to show people that the confidence is gradually coming back. “It is not yet uhuru, but we are working towards it and we will continue to put in our best to ensure that we provide that atmosphere for everybody to go about his lawful business.”
The Theatre Commander also stated why the number of checkpoints reduced in Maiduguri town.
He said: “Initially the number of checkpoints between here and Damaturu are gradually being eased off and even within the town previously, there used to be checkpoint almost everywhere, but you can see that that has eased up gradually. “The remaining ones is just a matter of time, so as we progress we will reduce this, even our presence with time you will find out that you will not see more of us, the civil authority like the police, immigration, customs those are the ones that will continue to operate and once we do that until we get to that level you will still see us gradually.”
According to him, there is now a complete synergy between the Army, Air Force, Navy and the Police, which is yielding success.