- Prominent northern leaders have replied President Buhari over his comment on the fight against Boko Haram
- The president had on Thursday, February 6, said that the insurgents have been decimated
- Former Kaduna state governor, Balarabe Musa, however, said that the security has not improved contrary to the claim by the president
President Muhamadu Buhari and the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abukakar, have come under heavy criticisms about their comments on the Boko Haram insurgents in some parts of the country, especially in the northeast.
Vanguard reports that the president and the air chief had on Thursday, February 6, said that the Bok Haram insurgents have been decimated.
Legit.ng gathered that the duo spoke at the commissioning of two Nigeria Air Force Agusta 109 Power Helicopters and MI-17 E Helicopters at the Eagle Square, Abuja.
Speaking at the event, President Buhari assured Nigerians that the promise of ending terrorism would be realised.
But in their reactions, some prominent northern leaders berated the president and the air chief over the comments, saying that it was for Nigerians to agree or disagree with the security claims.
A former liaison officer to late president Shehu Shagari in the Second Republic, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, said that Nigerians have the right to decide the success or failure of the security operatives in the fight against the insurgents.
In his comment, a former governor of old Kaduna state, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, said the security has not improved.
Also, a top politician from Borno state said the era of blame games, claims and counter-claims over the insurgency was gone.
He said: “All we want is for our people to be able to move around. Boko Haram has been decimated is not what people want to hear. Let there be peace, let normalcy return.”
The second republic lawmaker, Junaid Mohammed, said he would take the comment with a pinch of salt as a former speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, said the north has become the epicentre of violence in the country.
President Buhari saluted Air Force while commissioning the Agusta 109 Power and MI-171E helicopters into the Nigerian Air Force inventory.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Dogara said the northern part of Nigeria has become epicenter and theatre of violence and advocated for a lasting solution to insecurity in the region.
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