By KINGSLEY OMONOBI
Against the background of questions by Nigerians about the resolve of the armed forces to checkmate the marauding attacks and killings of Boko Haram terrorism in the North East, Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh yesterday insisted that the military was doing everything possible to end the Boko Haram insurgency in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.
Badeh made the disclosure just as he posited that the military were not custodians of democracy but are defenders of democracy adding that we (military) are to ensure that democracy thrives, so that everybody can go about doing his own business as he is supposed to.”
The CDS spoke when the Caucus of House of Representatives members from Adamawa led by Hon. Anthony Madwatte paid solidarity visit to him.
“What I can guarantee you is that we will do our best to bring an end to this insurgency but we solicit your assistance to ensure that this war is over. We look forward for your protection and you must give us the legal backing for us to do our job”.
He told the lawmakers from his state, that “If you want your son to succeed then you must assist him because if the armed forces succeeds, it means your son has succeeded.”
Badeh also assured the members that the military would do everything possible to ensure that they go back home to carry out their campaign freely.
While thanking members of National Assembly for the support they had been giving to the armed forces to carry out their duties effectively, Badeh called on Nigerians with information that will assist the on-going war against terrorists to do so adding that the military would use it without disclosing the source of the information.
Leader of the delegation Hon Anthony Madwatte earlier said they were at Defence Headquarters to congratulate the CDS on his appointment.
Madwatte said that they were happy that a brother of theirs had been elevated and they were there to show appreciation to President Goodluck Jonathan for giving him the opportunity to serve.
“On behalf of all of us and our constituency, we have come to say congratulations and we wish you the best of luck as you steer the affairs of the military. For other senior officers who had been recently promoted we also congratulate you all and we wish you the best in your under takings” he said.