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President Muhammadu BuhariThe visit to Edo on Tuesday may have been canceled as the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Annual Conference, initially billed to hold in benin City has been moved to Maiduguri, Borno State.

President Buhari's aide on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, confirmed this development on his tweeter act on Sunday evening.

He said: "President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to declare the COAS Annual Conference on Nov. 28, 2018 at the CGH Conference Hall in Maiduguri, Borno State.

"The conference will take place from 26-28 November 2018 in Benin, Edo State."

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports Buhari on November 27 where he was billed to inaugurate the Edo-Azura Power Plant and Grace the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Annual Conference.

NAN gathered that the Benin City to Maiduguri conference was not linked to the killing of Nigerian soldiers at Metele, a remote village bordering Nigeria and Chad.

NAN learned that President Buhari would use the opportunity of the COAS conference to address the Nigerian soldiers at the battlefields to further their morale.

It would be recalled that President Buhari had presided over a meeting of security presidents at the Presidential Villa on Sunday. AbujaBoko Haram insurgency., as part of the ongoing efforts to engage in military and intelligence community.

In a tweet in Abuja Mr Ahmad, Mr Ahmad, General of Police, Mr Idris Ibrahim and Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Mr Yusuf Bichi were part of the meeting.

"All the Service Chiefs, I-G of Police and DG of DSS were at the State House this morning. As President Buhari said (Saturday) yesterday, in the coming days, he will be engaging the Military and Intelligence Chiefs in extensive discussions on the next steps we'll take, '' Mr Ahmad said.

President Buhari had pledged on Saturday to make the loopholes, which led to the fatalities are blocked once and for all.

On 18 November, the Al Barnawi faction of Boko Haram attacked the 157 Task Force Battalion based at Metele in the northern part of Borno state, killing scores of Nigerian troops.

The military authorities are yet to give the specific number of casualties.

Mr. Buhari, Garba Shehu Abuja on Saturday, reiterated his administration's commitment to the security of military personnel and other citizens.

"No responsible commander-in-chief would rest on his or her hands to allow terrorists to endanger the lives of military and other citizens," Mr Shehu quoted the president as saying.

"Our loyal forces have proved their strength over the terrorists and we are ready to give them all the support needed, in terms of equipment and manpower, to succeed in ending the renewed threat.

"In the coming days, I am engaging the military and intelligence chiefs in extensive discussions on the next steps we shall take taking."

The president noted that fighting terrorism had taken a global dimension, which necessitated international cooperation among states facing similar security challenges.

(NAN)

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