The immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai (rtd.) has proclaimed that the Boko Haram insurgency may not end in 20 years time. He stated that the terrorists have, for a long time, indoctrinated the people, making it difficult to defeat them within a short period of time.
General Buratai spoke when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs for screening as non-career ambassadors-designate. The former army chief said though Nigerian troops in collaboration with their counterparts in neighboring countries like Cameroon, Chad and Niger, have been recording successes in anti-Boko Haram war and that military onslaught alone cannot end the crisis.
General Buratai said there are political and socio-economic factors that need to be addressed, adding that many communities in northern Nigeria lacked basic amenities.
According to his words; “Our troops are also collaborating with Chadian and Cameroonian troops. We recorded successes. But the terrorists have permeated into the society. My state (Borno State) is an epicenter 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 State 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.