The Ministry of Defence has already concluded plans for the commencement of ‘Operation Accord’, a major military exercise aimed at flushing out insurgents from the contiguous states of Kaduna, Niger, Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto and parts of Kebbi State.
The military exercise is on the orders of the President Muhammadu Buhari, who considers every part of the country important in his administration’s security architecture, the presidency stated on Tuesday.
This was in response to a Senate resolution earlier in the day which accused the government and military of not doing enough to secure some States in the North.
The lawmakers therefore asked Buhari to integrate adjoining states of Niger, Zamfara, Kaduna, Kebbi and Sokoto into exisiting military operations.
The resolution was sequel to a motion sponsored by Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (APC -Niger North).
However, President Buhari’s senior special assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, said that the action had already been taken, but details would not be made available to the public in order not to jeopardise the military operations.
His words: “While today’s Senate resolution is perfectly in order, it is important to state that in his duty as Commander-in-Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari has already approved the commencement of this operation.
“Beyond this announcement, no other details concerning the mode, scope, timings, and other essentials will be revealed so as not to compromise its success.
“It is however important to outline the fact the all the states of the federation are equal and important before the President.
“None has suffered any discrimination up to this point, and none will be made to suffer any such discrimination in dealing with security and all other matters on account on their political differences with the government at the center.”