President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday ordered immediate removal of military check points nationwide.
This was disclosed to State House correspondents by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Defence, Ismail Aliyu, after about five hours defence briefing to the President at the State House, Abuja. He said the police will take over internal security.
Aliyu maintained that the Boko Haram insurgency will soon be over. He said the Lake Chad Basin Commission nations are coming up with strategies to tackle the problem of insecurity .
He said: “ The President has instructed the Chief of Defence Staff to get the Chief of Army Staff and Inspector General of Police to remove all the military men along the road across the country.
“The Nigerian Armed Forces are very ready, we have briefed him. One most interesting thing about it is that we are going out much happier because he has shown to us that he is still a soldier, he has updated and enriched our strategic plans .
“The second item that was discussed is the movement of the command centre to the Northeast . We have briefed him on how far we have reached on that and he has given us some additional assignment , but very soon the centre will be on .
“I also want to assure Nigerians that with what we have come out with from this meeting we are very enthusiastic that the issue of Boko Haram will soon be over. He has given us hope that we will see peace and security in the very near future.
On what will be done differently, he said: “Now we have come as a united front, we have Chad , Cameroon , Benin and Niger.
We have all strategised and we are coming out with one type of strategy that we are going to address the Boko Haram with, unlike before.”
He said discussion on change of service chiefs did not come up at the meeting.