- Tukur Buratai, the COAS, has declared when banditry would end in Nigeria
- The Army chief said that terrorism would end in the country when Nigerians decide
- Buratai made the disclosure on Monday, July 20, after meeting President Buhari at Aso Villa
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Monday, July 20, declared that terrorism and banditry would end in Nigeria when the citizens of the country decide.
Nigerian Tribune reports that Buratai made this known when he visited the Presidential Villa to brief President Muhammadu Buhari on the progress of the war against insecurity in the country.
Legit.ng gathered that while speaking to newsmen after the meeting with the president, he said in order to put the menace behind, all Nigerians must join hands in the fight, adding that the criminals involved are mostly citizens of the country.
He said even though terrorism is relatively new in the country, insecurity has been around for a long time, noting that what is important is how each case is dealt with at a particular rime.
Buratai said even though there may be setbacks in the effort to tackle the problem, it does not mean that those handling it do not have the requisite competence.
He said: “As to whether banditry, terrorism and so on will end, I think it all depends. If Nigerians want it to end today, I can assure you it will end today if everybody joins hands because these bandits are not outside Nigeria, they are not from a foreign land.
“These terrorists, 99% of them are Nigerians. These kidnappers I will say 100% of them are Nigerians. So it’s not just a military, security agency task to end the insecurity in this country. It’s only when it goes bad that we are called in, but everybody has the responsibility to handle that.
“Some of the insecurities are as old as history itself and it all depends on what you are doing to contain or defeat it at a particular time. It is the totality of your effort that will determine the escalation or containment of the insecurity in the country.
“It is not today that we have been contending with armed robbery. As far as I know, armed robbery has been existing in this country even before we were born and it’s still going on. Kidnapping too is as old as the history of the country, but it all depends on the level it been perpetuated at a particular time.
“Terrorism is relatively new and insurgency, we have had that experience before and we contained it, just like the different crises we have had in different locations.
“We had the Maitasine issue, few uprising in history we have contained them. The unfortunate civil war has come to an end. So, any other crisis will also come to an end. The terrorism, the insurgency will come to an end but the important thing is that it’s been contained. It is not allowed to spread the way it used to be.
“Whatever that is happening, you can only be apprehensive and express discontentment where there is serious insecurity and nothing is being done. But if a serious effort is being done to contain the situation, I believe the right thing for any right-thinking individual to do is to be hopeful and support the efforts of all the agencies that are involved in containing the situation.
“There are setbacks that can occur in such military operations or any security operations but that does not mean an inability to handle it, incompetence to handle it, as long as the efforts are there and are visible. The support of all and sundry will be required to address it squarely.
“As I said, if we want it to end, the totality of the people’s effort must be put into it to see that insecurity in the country is reduced to the barest minimum. But if we don’t do anything and continue to complain, and continue to accuse the agencies involved in fighting it, then we are not helping matters.
“You are supposed to find solutions as something is being done on a daily basis. I assure you that we will soon reach the end of the tunnel and we will see the light that will improve the security situation in all parts of the country,” he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that gunmen suspected to be kidnappers abducted a policewoman and her daughter in Kaduna.
It was reported that four other persons were also kidnapped at Bagado Village near Patrick Yakowa way in Chikun local government area of Kaduna state.
The incident happened in the late hours of Saturday, July 18. The bandits reportedly stormed the community and started breaking into people’s houses shooting sporadically into the air.
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