*seeks collaboration with members to win hearts and minds of host communities
By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The Theatre Commander (TC) Joint Task Force, North East, Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK), Major General Christopher Musa has enjoined members of the civil society organisations in Borno State to cooperate and partner with OPHK in order to win the hearts and minds of host communities in the ongoing war against terrorism and insurgency in the region.
This was contained in a statement signed by the deputy director public relations 7 Division Nigerian Army/Joint Task Force Operation Hadin Kai Colonel Ado Isa and made available to the press on 7 July 2021.
The TC informed members of the associations during a round-table discussion, that sequel to the change of name from Operation LAFIYA DOLE to Operation HADIN KAI, the Theatre is highly committed to ensuring that all stakeholders involved in both kinetic and non-kinetic operations against the terrorists, insurgents and criminal elements will now work in synergy with one another to form a formidable front that will finally defeat and bring to a decisive end all forms of terrorism and criminal activities.
Speaking during the round-table discussions which took place from Friday 2 to Saturday 3 July 2021 at the headquarters OPHK, Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri, Borno State, the leader of Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), Mr Lawal Jafar pledged the unalloyed support of his members to OPHK. Mr Lawal assured that the CJTF will not relent in its partnership with military to fight terrorists in any part of the North East.
In the same vein, the leader of the Vigilante Association, Mohammed TAR Yerwa was optimistic that the Vigilante group under his watch will take advantage of its spread and reach in all the twenty-four local government areas of Borno State to launch attacks on ISWAP and BHTs.
Similarly, the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Borno State, Bishop Naga Mohammed and his counterpart, the Chairman of the Council of Ulamas and Imams, Chief Imam Laisu Ibrahim promised that they will continue to pray and commit OPHK to the Almighty God. The Spiritual Fathers reiterated that they will not relent in seeking the mercy of God Almighty to bring to a speedy end to the war which has lingered for too long with attendant huge loss of human and material resources.
Contributing during the round-table discussion, the Coordinator, Zone C of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Comrade Suleiman Muhammad Sarki stated that members of NANS Zone C which is made of North East, North Central and Federal Capital Territory Abuja are constantly holding rallies, campaigns and seminars to sensitize and galvanize its members to support the Armed Forces of Nigeria to win the war and bring peace and tranquility to all troubled communities in the North East and beyond.
Notable senior officers present during the round-table interactions include the Deputy Theatre Commander 2, Air Vice Marshal Abraham Adole, Maritime Component Commander, Commodore Richard Shammah, Chief of Staff OPHK, Brigadier General Musa Sadiq among others.