Lieutenant General and Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to not give in to the pressure of sacking his service chiefs.
Several suggestions by federal lawmakers of Nigeria have called for the sack of service chiefs following what seems to be the new resurgence of the deadly terrorist sect, Boko Haram.
On Tuesday, LT. Gen Buratai, who spoke in a special interview with two national dailies in Lagos said the solution to the resurgence of Boko Haram is not the removal of service chiefs as President Buhari himself “knows where it really pinches” and is the right judge of the matter.
Buratai statement in full:
“I am tempted not to comment on this particular issue because I am directly involved. However, I want to believe that whatever happens, the commander-in-chief is the right arbiter, and he knows where it pinches, he knows where the problems are. I think the decision should be left to him. He should not be pushed or prompted in this regard,
“we are into a very serious issue which should not be taken lightly,
”This is why when you say a particular crop of leaders in the military should be removed for whatever reason, it sounds very odd because we are not addressing the issues. I am not saying this because I am the chief of army staff and I do not want to leave. No, that is not the issue. It is beyond that because this is a national issue, an issue of national pride and national interest. Those who would cry loudly against the service chiefs are within, and they are the ones who should be more vocal in the things that are not going right.”
Chief of Army Staff also explained that contrary to the popular notion that Boko Haram started in 2009, the terrorist sect had already started their brainwashing and indoctrination over 30 years ago. Therefore, it would be very difficult to totally wipe out terrorism as it is very rooted in history.
He emphasized that the Nigerian military has won the war against terrorism to an extent, as the Boko Haram bandits no longer possess any territory in Nigeria.