File image of Buhari with troops in the Northeast (image courtesy Presidency)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday has charged soldiers to step up the fight against Boko Haram, stressing that the war against the terrorists is a “must win.”

He made this known while speaking at the 2018 edition of the the Chief of Army staff Annual conference (COAS) in Maiduguri, Borno State.

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The president disclosed that his administration is making efforts to improve the entitlements of soldiers.

Buhari said: “Our officers and soldiers who are fighting terrorism in the north-east deserve all the attention our country’s leadership can demonstrate to them.

“As president of the country, I am determined to ensure that every citizen feels safe and secure in all parts of the country.

“I am of course aware that in recent months and in the recent days, there have been some operational losses in the northern part of Borno state.

“I know that you are doing your best to reverse this trend and I want to assure you that no effort will be spared in providing the necessary support you require to complete the task.

“we remain committed to ending the crisis in the north east and making the entire area safe for all. I urge you all to keep up the good work.

“It is a must win war. I want to encourage our troops not to be distracted but remain focused and committed to the task of eliminating Boko Haram from the surface of the earth.

“I want to assure you, that as your commander in chief, I will do everything within my power to continue empowering you by providing all the necessary equipment for you to prevail on the field.

“I also want you to be aware that I am currently looking at measures to improve your entitlements and welfare generally.”