Afenifere, the popular Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, has publicly condemned the statement by the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Buratai, that Boko Haram terrorist will remain in Nigeria for a long time.
Afenifere’s spokesperson, Yinka Odumakin, in an interview with newsmen, said that the comment was a clear indication that Lt Gen Buratai has already surrendered to Boko Haram insurgency.
Last week, the Chief of Army Staff revealed in a viral statement that the Boko Haram insurgents can be found everywhere in Nigeria including the mega City of Lagos State. He also added that terrorism would remain in Nigeria for a very long time.
Reacting to this controversial statement, Odumakin explained the comment to be an indication that Boko Haram was in charge of Nigeria and not the security agents.
The Afenifere’s National Publicity Secretary also lamented that Buratai’s comment came shortly after the leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, had openly threatened President Muhammadu Buhari against visiting Borno State.
“Buratai’s comment is a clear surrender to Boko Haram, it’s also not surprising that he made the statement when Shekau was issuing a warning to Buhari never to return to Borno state.
“This is an indication that Boko Haram is in charge. Clearly, Buratai’s position has become untenable as the Chief of Army Staff.”
In the interview, the Afenifere’s spokesperson suggested a quick restructuring of Nigeria as it was the only solution to the insecurity issues in the country.
“You can’t resolve the insecurity issue we have today without restructuring Nigeria, all we are witnessing in the country today in terms of insecurity is due to the wrong structure that is drawn along ethnic lines then you say you want a stable police in Nigeria, it will fail.
“In a federation both the federal and state government are subordinate, they make laws and they must have their security agencies to enforce the laws made. It’s only in Nigeria federation that you have central police,” he added.