The chief of army staff (COAS) Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya has called for the development of a broad national civil-military cooperation policy.
Lt Gen Yahaya made the call in a lecture delivered to participants of Senior Executive Course 43 of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) Kuru titled, “The Implementation of the Civil Military Cooperation Policy of the Nigerian Army and the Conduct of Non-Kinetic Operations in the North-East: Issues, Challenges and Lessons”.
In a statement by the director army public relations, Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu, the COAS said Army formations are working very hard to develop robust alliances with local communities and civilian populace to achieve more success in ongoing operations.
The army chief further made a case for improved feedback mechanism between the military and the civilian populace.
He also suggested the establishment of National CIMIC Doctrine and Strategy; establishment of Inter-Agency Collaboration Manual in Support of Joint Operations; continuous liaison and budgetary support for CIMIC; and Quick Impact Projects (QIPS) among others.