The Nigerian Army has predicted that activities of terrorists may continued for the next twenty years, just as the deadly Boko Haram sect steps up incessant attacks particularly in Nigeria’s North-East region of the country
Penpushing reports that Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, made the shocking prediction, on his verified Facebook Page days after Boko Haram terrorists killed dozens of rice farmers in Zabarmari community located in Jere Local Government Area of Borno State.
“There is general misunderstanding of what insurgency and terrorism entail. There is likelihood of terrorism persisting in Nigeria for another 20 years. It only depends on the level of escalation and the appropriate responses by all stakeholders both civil and military authorities’, Buratai tweeted
” Also by both local and international actors. Citizens responsibility is equally important and imperative. All must cooperate to contain the lingering insecurity. Let there be collective action and responsibility”, he added
Penpushing further reports that, the army boss, however, was silence on what the “appropriate responses” to the decade-long insurgency should be, however, it is recalled that on Tuesday the Nigerian Senate called on President Muhammed Buhari to relieve some service chiefs of their positions.
The Senators resolved that the service chiefs which include: Buratai the National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno (rtd.); the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin; the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar; the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas; and the Chief of Defence Intelligence, Air Vice Marshal Morgan Riku appointed on July 13, 2015 had proven incapable of leading the armed forces to victory over Boko Haram.
Penpushing also reports that, for over five years the service chiefs have been unable to implement any coherent strategy to reign in Boko Haram, rather the terrorist group became more daring and deadlier, ambushing troops and slaughtering civilians.
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