Boko Haram

Insurgency in Nigeria may not end in 20 years time – Buratai says

Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff

Former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai (rtd), on Thursday said that insurgency in Nigeria may not end in the next 20 years.

He noted that the terrorists have indoctrinated people for a long time which will make it difficult to defeat them within a short period.

Buratai who spoke when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs for screening as a non-career ambassador-designate, said though Nigerian troops in collaboration with other foregin troops from Cameroon, Chad, Niger, have recorded successes in the fight against Boko Haram, the military war alone still cannot end Boko Haram.

“Our troops are also collaborating with Chadian and Cameroonian troops. We recorded successes. But the terrorists have permeated into the society.

“My state (Borno) is an epicentre where this indoctrination has penetrated so deep. It is not something you can get right over night.

“Only the military cannot solve this problem. There were socio-economic factors that need to be addressed. There should be basic amenities, but they are missing.

“I can count five local government areas in Borno without good road. The same thing is in Zamfara, Katsina and Sokoto. In other northern states there are so many ungovernable spaces, because of lack of access road and other basic amenities.

“This crisis might not end in 20 years time. We have achieved a lot of successes but we cannot continue to use the same tactics and achieve different results,” he said.

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