Nigeria’s Service Chiefs travelled to Borno on Sunday as the renewed war against Boko Haram gets underway.
The state has been the epicentre of insurgency for more than a decade.
The army heads met Governor Babagana Zulum at the Government House in Maiduguri, the Borno capital.
Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Leo Irabor, led the Chiefs of Military – Major General Ibrahim Attahiru; Navy – Rear Admiral Awwal Gambo; Air Force – Air Vice-Marshal Isiaka Amao.
Zulum urged collaboration between Nigerian Armed Forces and neighbouring nations – Chad, Cameroon and Niger.
He called for an improved army-civilian relationship to boost trust and increase intelligence gathering.
Zulum assured the Generals of his administration’s commitment to help the army in any possible way to ensure victory against the enemy.
The governor advised them to tolerate fair and constructive criticisms that will improve their productivity.
“In democratic settings, the military is an establishment, topic to constructive criticisms by well–meaning citizens. Therefore, you are expected to accept such in good faith”, Zulum stated.
He added that for the Nigerian army to achieve success, there must be strong coordination and collaboration among all arms.