Civil Society Organisations have been enjoined to collaborate with the Nigerian Military and other sister organisations to ensure a total victory in the ongoing war against insurgency in the Northeast, militancy in the Niger-Delta as well as general threats to security in whatever for they may come. This call was contained in an address by the Director of Civil-Military Affairs, Maj. General Peter Boje at the Civil Societies Roundtable held at the Conference Hall of the Nigerian Army Headquarters Abuja. Gen Boje said the Military has had a long standing relationship with Civil Societies and humanitarian organisations He stated further that the successes recorded so far in the ongoing war on terror couldn’t have been made possible without the Civil Societies who have assisted immensely in providing relief support during and after field operations hence the need to strengthen that synergy. He announced that following the capture of Ground Zero, The Nigerian Army Engineers (NAE) Corps in a bid to actualize the directive of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, of holding this year’s Nigerian Army Small Arms Championship (NASAC 2017), in Sambisa Forest, Borno State, has mobilized to site and commenced access roads clearance and construction of range and other facilities.
Speaking at the event, the Executive Director Centre for Global Peace and Rescue Initiative, Melvin Ejeh expressed gratitude to the Directorate for the audience and congratulated the Nigerian Military and other security organisations for their sagacity in tackling headlong the menace of Boko Haram and other insurrections within Nigeria. He commended the Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai for his exemplary leadership style that has further boosted the morale of the troops. He further restated the resolve of Civil Societies to fully support programmes and activities of the Nigerian Army.
The meeting which was held on the instance of the Centre for Global Peace and Rescue Initiative had in attendance representatives of various Non Governmental Organisations including Leads Nigeria, Human Health Foundation (HHF), Greater Initiative for Peace and Development (GIPAD) Nigeria, Hope Alliance and Intergender Development Centre.