Buratai Says Terrorism May Continue In Nigeria for 20 Years
Nigeria’s chief of army staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has said that terrorism might persist in Nigeria for another 20 years.
Buratai stated this on Tuesday on his verified Facebook page as Nigerians call for his sack alongside other service chiefs for their failure to make visible impact in the fight against insurgency in the country.
Calls for their sack intensified after Boko Haram terrorists killed scores of rice farmers in Borno State last Saturday.
Buratai wrote: “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. 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.”
Nigerians told Nigerian Sketch that Buratai “lacks ideas and is already mentally exhausted.”
A Borno resident where Boko Haram has its stronghold challenged Buratai: “What citizen responsibility was he talking about if our people get brutally killed anytime they try to collaborate with the military?
“I have this strong believe that there are people in the military exposing our people to the terrorists, and this is making it difficult to help.
“I think Buratai needs to go. He has nothing to offer but this sort of statements. Excuses, statements, more excuses and no action. That’s what he has”, he said.