The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Christopher Musa, says the military will continue to go after all adversaries until they surrender or are eliminated.
On Monday, Mr Musa gave the assurance in Jaji, Kaduna, while addressing participants of Senior Course 46 of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College.
The defence chief presented a paper titled ‘Nigeria’s Security and Defence Policies: My Leadership Concept for the Armed Forces of Nigeria’ and stated that criminal elements doubting the capability of the armed forces would not live to tell the story.
“Our adversaries must surrender, or the Armed Forces would keep going after them,” he said.
Speaking about bandits in the North-West, Mr Musa said the military would take them all out in a matter of time. He further assured Nigerians of the readiness of the armed forces to surmount current security challenges.
The defence chief added that his leadership would be people-centred and based on synergy amongst the Armed Forces to address Nigeria’s insecurity challenges.
Mr Musa, however, said while addressing the challenges of insecurity, the troops must protect the rights of individuals and communities.
“The Armed Forces of Nigeria are people-oriented and will be there for the people to always feel their presence. For us to succeed, the people must be happy with what we are doing, and this is the centre of our concept,” the defence chief explained.
He also stressed the imperative of synergy amongst the armed forces, saying no single service can achieve success without the other.
“Now, our operations are going to be joint. Everybody will have a role to play, including the citizens we are protecting, members of the armed forces and the paramilitary,” stated Mr Musa. “We want Nigeria to be peaceful and developed. We want every Nigerian to be proud of the country at any time and everywhere.”
He added, “We want Nigerians’ prayers and support in terms of information, intelligence and report on our personnel who erred.”