General Lucky Irabor, the Chief of Defence Staff, has said the military will neutralise all non-state actors hiding in and using the forests across the country to perpetuate their crimes.
Irabor also said the armed forces will go after agents of violence causing commotion and pains for innocent Nigerians in the community and countryside in order to defend and maintain peace in the country.
The Chief of Defence Staff said this at a one-day National Defence and Security Summit held at the National War College, Abuja, on Monday.
According to him, it is no longer news that the nation experiences a wide range of national security threats including terrorism, insurgency, farmers/herders conflict, ethno-religious conflicts, kidnapping and banditry.
He explained that the summit was organised to seek to discuss how to promote kinetic operations by leaders and eminent personalities in the country, adding that the military will ensure that the peace which eluded the country returns as soon as possible.
He said: “Our strategic objectives are manifold and imbued to neutralise non-state-actors and other agents of violence in our communities, forests and countryside to stabilise the security situation across the nation, to facilitate law and order; and lastly to provide the enabling environment far peace and development.
“These presuppose that the military would need support from other security agencies during the operations and would be required to give support to others at different stages of the internal security effort.
“On behalf of the officers and men/women of the armed forces, I pledge our unalloyed loyalty to C-in-C and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The mandate shall be delivered; fear and despair shall be extinguished from our land. Nigeria will have peace again.”
Irabor stated that the Armed Forces of Nigeria remain committed to ensuring the return of peace to different parts of the country being confronted by insurgency, banditry, kidnapping and other forms of security challenge.
The military chief noted that defence and security were universally considered as common, but existential values that affect the entire nation.