On his first day in office at the Presidential Villa, President Muhammadu Buhari, has ordered the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshall Alex Badeh and other service chiefs to remove all military roadblocks on highways across the country.
Roadblocks mostly mounted by soldiers have been a feature of the country’s roads especially in Abuja and most parts of the North since the Boko Haram menace started.
The roadblocks have however been a cause of pain and anguish to motorists, especially in Abuja who often complain of the massive traffic jam.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Defence, Ismail Aliyu, who briefed State House correspondents after a meeting between the President and the service chiefs, said the President had during the meeting ordered the removal of the roadblocks.
“The President has instructed the Chief of Defence Staff to get the Chief of Army Staff and Inspector- General of Police to remove all the military men along the road across the country,” he said.
Aliyu further explained that the plan to relocate the military command centre to the North-East to step up the battle against Boko Haram was on course.
He said both the President believes that the service chiefs were committed to ending the Boko Haram crisis.
“This is a briefing meeting by the Ministry of Defence on the operationalisation of the Multi-National Joint Task Force and the relocation of the command control centre to the North-East,” he said.
“The Nigerian Armed Forces are very ready, we have briefed him. One most interesting thing about it is that we are going out much happier because he has shown to us that he is still a soldier, he has updated and enriched our strategic plans.
“The second item that was discussed is the movement of the command centre to the North-East. We have briefed him on how far we have gone and he has given us some additional assignment, but very soon the centre will be on.
“I also want to assure Nigerians that with what we have come out with from this meeting, we are very enthusiastic that the issue of Boko Haram will soon be over. He has given us hope that we will see peace and security in the very near future,” Aliyu said.
Asked to state what the new administration will be doing differently, he said: “Now we have come as a united front, we have Chad, Cameroun, Benin Republic and Niger. We have all strategized and we are coming out with one type of strategy that we are going to address the Boko Haram with unlike before.”