Presidnt Jonathan, who arrived the Yola International Airport accompanied by the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alex Bade and all the other service chiefs and the Inspector General of Police, later traveled to Mubi by helicopter.
Addressing officers and men of the Nigerian Army in both towns, which were recently recaptured from Boko Haram, President Jonathan declared that he and all Nigerians were very proud of the bravery, competence and patriotism with which they were now undertaking operations to expel the insurgents from all parts of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.
The President said that with their recent successes, which have overwhelmingly turned the tide against Boko Haram, the Nigerian military has proven beyond any doubt that it remains fully capable of defending the territorial integrity of Nigeria.
President Jonathan also noted that all those, within and outside the country, who cast aspersions on Nigerian soldiers and questioned their ability and willingness to overcome the insurgents were misinformed and wrong.
He assured the troops that the Federal Government will ensure that the troops receive all the equipment and logistics they require to complete the ongoing mission to reassert government’s effective control over all areas formerly held by Boko Haram.
The President promised the soldiers that all issues pertaining their welfare will be properly and expeditiously addressed.
He assured them that they will be duly rewarded for their bravery and patriotic service to the nation at the successful conclusion of ongoing operations against Boko Haram.
The president also assured families of soldiers who lost their lives in battles against Boko Haram that they will be well provided for.
Jonathan’s visit is coming days after the Minister for Youth Development, Mr. Boni Haruna, visited towns within the area that were captured by the insurgents.