Boko Haram: Nigerian military moves command centre to Maiduguri

Alex Badeh

Following President Muhammadu Buhari’s order that the military command centre be relocated to Maiduguri in Borno State, the Nigerian military has established a Command and Control Centre, MCCC, in the state.

The centre’s operation, themed Operation Zaman Lafiya, is created for the fight against Boko Haram that has ravaged the North East since 2009. This has led to the killing of many and displacement of others by the insurgents.

Sani Usman, Nigerian Army spokesperson, said the establishment of the command is in accordance with Mr. Buhari’s pronouncement and the directive from the Chief of Army Staff, Kenneth Minimah.

Mr. Buhari had during his inauguration ceremony at the Eagle Square in Abuja on May 29 said that the military command centre be relocated to Maiduguri in Borno State – the center stage of Boko Haram terrorists’ activities.

He said the arrangement will remain that till Boko Haram is defeated.

Mr. Usman said an advance team led by a major general has commenced work in Maiduguri.

“The team, which is led by a two-star General, has already commenced work in earnest and it is comprised of elements of the Office of the Chief of Army Staff, all the relevant Army Headquarters Departments and other combat support components,”Mr. Usman, a colonel, said.

The centre, Mr. Usman said, will serve as a forward command base for the Chief of Army Staff and other Service Chiefs.

He said the MCCC is an elaboration of an “already existing” army headquarters command and control arrangement.

“From now on, the fight against terrorism and insurgency would be monitored, coordinated and controlled from this centre,” he said.

He added that the establishment of the MCCC would not create another command structure but would serve as a motivation to the Operation Zaman Lafiya; all aimed at bringing an end to insurgency.

Mr. Usman also said an alternate command centre is also being established in Yola.


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  • Prisca

    Wait oo! Did Buhari not say “relocate” the command centre to Maiduguri? How come the Nigerian army gets to “establish” a new military command and control centre in Maiduguri? Abi dem no understand the English??

    • Dulles2

      Buhari has no articulated strategy against Boko Haram –

      “He (Muhammadu Buhari) has not articulated a clear strategy to defeat the
      (Boko Haram) insurgency, but one of his first directives as president was to
      move the military headquarters out of the capital and to Borno State, considered
      Boko Haram’s stronghold in Nigeria. The United States gave $6.3 million to the
      the military and police in 2014, despite tensions with former president Goodluck
      Jonathan’s administration, which often appeared to shrug off claims of human
      rights abuses”.

      • New Nigerian

        If you know Washington post, you’d know that it is not neutral – it was for continuity of Jonathan’s administration in power, as it were.

        • ikeji


          You well so? Washington Post paper in America stood for continuity of Jonathan?
          Haba! This CHANGE thing will soon irritate thinking Nigeria if it means lies-telling.

      • Burbank

        “Many here (in Nigeria) believe that President Jonathan will lose interest in the
        effort if he’s elected, leaving the rebels to strengthen as they have in
        the past.”
        MARCH 27, 2015

  • RealMe_Naija

    Good move by our President.

    • Burbank


  • Man_Enough

    until the service chiefs move personally to Maidugiri, the order of the president will not have been obeyed. whatever they are doing in abuja right now they can do the same in Maidugiri while they personally supervising the war against boko haram. it will be nothing short of cowardice if they fail to move and they will have no moral right to punish the soldiers who fled. their movement will also clear the air on insunuations in some quarters that some highly placed officers in the military are behind the insurgency.



    1. Buhari was a Military Governor in the North-East
    2. Buhari was Army GOC for North-East
    3. Buhari is a former cum present Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces
    4. Buhari is the founder and chief sponsor of Boko Haram
    5. Buhari and Boko Haram are one and the same

    • Man_Enough

      lick spittle, your handle has expired. please renew.

    • Burbank

      and Buhari kicked GEJ to Otuoke4ever

  • Dazmillion

    General Badeh aka Fat Alex should move down to maiduguri immediately followed by the other pregnant woman, general Minimah. The lies they were telling the dumb PHD holder from Otuoke for the past 4 years wont work this time around.

    • Burbank

      Gbam…and put that thief General Momoh in the front line, instead of manning road block in Ekiti for Fayose.

  • redeem

    (1) 2010: In a bid to stop President Goodluck Jonathan from becoming acting president, this man orchestrated the secret return of the late (then dying) President Yar’Adua from Saudi Arabia by mobilizing the Villa’s Brigade Guards without the knowledge of Jonathan who was then Vice-President?
    (2) This man once tried to use a look-alike brother of late Yar’Adua to clandestinely replace Yar’Adua as President so as to deceive Jonathan and Nigerians that the sick president was back and well enough to resume his presidential duties, but his illegal plot was foiled by Mrs. Turai Yar’Adua who was afraid of the said brother-in-law?
    (3) Under this man as Chief of Army Staff, Boko Haram conveniently came out of their secret shell and started making life difficult for Nigerians. Their destabilizing actions intensified after he, Gen. Dambazau, was sacked by Jonathan.
    (4) Gen. Dambazau executed billions of dollars worth of army contract without consulting the tender board and without using direct labour?
    Now it’s election time once again and, with the blessing of Nigeria’s Jihadist-In-Chief and former dictator Gen. Buhari, he has been appointed APC’s chief of security. Remember when Buhari openly declared that the government’s anti-insurgency campaign against Boko Haram constituted an attack against the Muslim north?
    Look at it: What benefits the Boko Haram also benefits Buhari and Dambazau. Only buhari can stop the monster he created with Dambazau in Boko HARAM

    • tutankhamu

      Wake up from your hallucination!

      • John

        Are you surprised that Deri Orbuka who calls himself redeem is an Ijaw aborigine? It is in their blood to hallucinate. The fisherman turned oil thief.

    • John

      This redeem clown, a known bastard. You must be battling to protect Ihejirika the exposed Boko Haram sponsor who procured expired ammunition from China and refurbished bullion vans as Armoured Personnel Carrier and delivered troops to Boko Haram to be massacred. This Davis has confirmed that he is part and parcel of Boko Haram. Amnesty International has further confirmed that Ihejirika is a member of Boko Haram. He among others has been indicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity. His mentor Azazi turned NSA into his ATM. Minimah used Mustapha Onyeveta to siphoned millions of dollars in the name of purchasing weapons from Ukraine. Your commander in thief Jonathan and his mistress Dizieni have gotten away with $20 billion and so much more. Dambazau is the best Chief of Army in Nigeria and there is nothing that can erase that. Buhari’s idea to send this lousy Badeh and his team to go and fight with their fake weapons is a good idea. Nigeria is now free from all those sharks and armed robbers in government. It is time for Buhari to investigate all those who held appointment as service chiefs and Ministers of Defence from 1999 to know the actual thieves.

    • Burbank

      “Jonathan Offers Conditional Amnesty to Boko Haram.”
      The Punch May 29 2014

  • Otile

    Moving Nigerian military command to Madinatul Islam is a big mistake. We shall regret to wake up one morning to learn that an entire division of our well trained troops inside the enclave of Madinatul Islam(Maiduguri) has been captured intact by Boko Haram Moslems. Many of the girls walking around Madinatul Islam are trained suicide bombers who can surround the city leaving our troops with no escape route.

    This move must be a grand plan from Dambazua to do in our soldiers.

    • Burbank

      The army will not run from suicide bombers, unlike you, biafra coward.

  • Excisionist

    Operation “Zaman Lafiya”. Here we go again – Hausa/Fulani insensitivity on the rise again. When did Nigeria become a Hausa/Fulani FIEFDOM. In case they have forgotten, English remains the official language of the country.