Based on the presidential directives that all military checkpoints nationwide, be dismantled, President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday reversed the order especially in Boko Haram ravaged territories in the North-east.
Abdulazeez Yari, Governor of Zamfara State and Chairman of the Governors’ forum, who disclosed this to journalists stated that the Governors had told Buhari the order was “untimely” because of the security challenges facing the States
Buhari had on Monday ordered the removal of military checkpoints set up in the wake of Boko Haram activities in parts of the country.
The order was given a few hours after twin bomb blasts rocked Maiduguri, Borno State on Monday killing 13 people with several injured.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Aliyu Ismaila, told State House correspondents that Buhari ordered the removal of the checkpoints during his meeting with service chiefs at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
However Abdulazeez further clarified that the President has gone back on the order.
- “But Mr. President cited some incidents that happened at the military checkpoints but where necessary, he has given the chief of army staff the permission that they can continue especially in the north, south-east and the frontline states,” he said.
The frontline States are where the counter-terrorism operations are currently taking place in the north-east.
- “We discussed the issue of frontline States as regards insurgency: Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.
“The President briefed us on his meeting with the G7 countries who have agreed to support the Nigerian government to fight the insurgency to the last.
“Also, it was noted that the insurgency has done so much damage to our infrastructure – schools, hospitals, and bridges. The president said he has put a committee in place to go and assess the situation and he has also made a commitment that he will not request money from any G7 country but support to rebuild the destroyed infrastructure,” Yari said
Source: Post Nigeria
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