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Killings: Army chief blames ‘internal and external forces’

Killings: Army chief blames ‘internal and external forces’

- The Chief of Army Staff, lieutenant general Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has spoken about the security crisis in some parts of Nigeria

- Buratai noted that Nigeria shall get to the roots of the entire crisis militarily

- He said it is time to encourage the people who fled as a result of insecurity to return to their ancestral homes

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), lieutenant general Tukur Yusuf Buratai blamed on the security crisis in Plateau, Zamfara, Benue and Taraba states on internal and external forces declared that many forces are against Nigeria.

Buratai said “The current crisis in Plateau, Benue, Taraba and Zamfara states are both induced by internally and externally, Daily Trust reports.

“So many forces are against Nigeria; the target is the corporate existence of Nigeria as a country,” he said, warning that the blame game along ethnic and religious fault lines is not the solution.

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COAS made this known while flagging off 2018 Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL) at military command and control centre, Operation Lafiya Dole, in Maiduguri.

“We are continuously exploiting all the linkages and leads towards addressing the security challenges. We shall get to the roots of the entire crisis militarily. We must be tolerant of one another and give peace a chance.”

Buratai praised the military for keeping the country united since the civil war, even as he expressed the commitment of the Nigerian Army to continue to work for the common good of the country, while carrying out its constitutional responsibilities professionally.

The COAS said the army day celebration is a constant reminder of the sacrifices paid by troops to ensure citizens remain united as a nation.

The celebration has the theme: “The Nigerian Army and National Security: A Panacea for Nigeria’s Economic Development.”

Buratai said: “We have not only consolidated on the gains established in the fight against insurgency in the north east but have progressed to the post-stabilization phase where all efforts are geared towards ensuring displaced persons return to their ancestral homes.

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“With the defeat of Boko Haram insurgents, it is time to encourage our people to return to their ancestral homes.”

Activities lined up for week-long celebration included Jumua’at prayers at Maimalari Barracks praying ground and all formations in the country; Interdenominational Church Service at the All Saints Military Church, Maimalari Barracks as well as across all formations in the country on July 1, 2018; sanitation exercise; as well as medical outreach at selected locations across the country on July 2-6, 2018.

Buratai said: “During the one week army celebration events, there would be static display of Nigerian Army’s equipment capability, airborne/paratroopers and fire power demonstrations.”

Meanwhile, had reported that the governors of 36 states in Nigeria called for the prosecution of perpetrators of the killings which took place in Riyom local government area of Plateau state.

President Buhari and the security agencies in Nigeria were urged by the governors to fish out the suspected criminals.

Speaking at a meeting of the Nigerian Governors' Forum (NGF) in Abuja, the chairman of the forum and the governor of Zamfara state, Abdulaziz Yari, said the governors have also resolved to hold a security meeting with service chiefs.

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