– A former chief of army staff, Tukur Buratai, has spoken about the war on insurgency in Nigeria
– Buratai explains why the fight against insurgency is a complex operation
– The retired military commander disclosed how he enhanced the capability of the army
A recent statement from Tukur Buratai indicates that Nigeria’s war on insurgency may not end anytime soon.
The Cable reported that the former chief of army staff said it may take 20 years to end the insurgency in the north-east.
Buratai made the statement on Thursday, February 18, when he was being screened by the senate committee on foreign affairs following his nomination by President Muhammadu Buhari as an envoy.
“The situation is that of asymmetric warfare. It is a complex operation. It is something that started more than 30, 40 years ago. They have penetrated communities both in Nigeria, Chad, Niger,” he said.
“Five local governments in Borno state cannot have good access roads since independence till now.
“These are the realities, the truth must be told because this cannot end at the dictates of time and may take another 20 years and that is the truth.”
Buratai explained that insurgency needs more than a military solution for it to be resolved.
He said he promoted the manufacturing of indigenous military vehicles when he assumed office as chief of army staff in 2015.
The retired military general stated that during his term in office, most of the areas that were occupied by Boko Haram terrorists have been taken over by our troops.
Meanwhile, the newly appointed service chiefs have promised to rejig the security architecture of Nigeria and improve the system as soon as possible.
Speaking separately at their Senate screening during a plenary on Wednesday, February 17, the leaders of Nigeria’s armed forces said they will use their wealth of experience in war theatres to end the security crisis in Nigeria.
The new security chiefs led by chief of defence staff recently travelled to the theatres of war in Borno to give a confidence boost to the soldiers at the counter-insurgency operation front.
Kess Ewubare is a senior political/current affairs correspondent at Legit.ng. He has both a BSc and a Master’s degree in mass communication. He has over 10 years of experience in working in several fields of mass communication including radio, TV, newspaper, and online. For Kess, journalism is more than a career, it is a beautiful way of life.