By Francis Okoye Maiduguri
The Nigerian Army yesterday assured the management of the University of Maiduguri of security support towards ending Boko Haram attacks.
The acting general officer commanding (GOC), 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Brig-Gen. Ibrahim Manu Yusufu, gave the assurance when he paid a courtesy call on the vice chancellor, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi.
The GOC, who was accompanied on the visit by commanders and some principal staff officers, assured the VC of adequate security for the university community.
He sympathised with the university over the recent suicide bomb attacks on the University and commended the staff and the VC for holding forth during the trial period.
“I commend the vice Chancellor for not closing the University as doing that would have scored a cheap point to the perpetrators of the act. My appeal to the university community is to provide security agencies with relevant information that will aid them in stemming the tide of suicide bomb attacks,” he said.
In his response, the vice chancellor, Prof Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi assured the GOC of the university’s support in the ongoing war against insurgency.
He attributed the recent relative peace enjoyed within the university after high spate of suicide bombings to Nigerian Army doggedness and professional display in securing the University, Maiduguri metropolis in particular and Borno State in general.
In a related development, the Nigerian military yesterday held a bilateral meeting with the Cameroonian military in Maiduguri to explore areas of collaboration on information and intelligence sharing and how to end Boko Haram insurgency.