Insecurity: How Boko Haram Was Defeated in Northeast, Ex-Army Chief Reveals
- Over a decade and more, the history of northeast Nigeria has been tied to insurgency and war
- However, that label is long gone according to the former chief of army staff, Tukur Yusufu Buratai
- The former army chief in a recent interview revealed that the war against insurgents in the northeast was won due to the cooperation of indigenes
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The former chief of army staff, Tukur Buratai said subduing and defeating Boko Haram insurgents in the northeast was due to the cooperation of the locales in the region.
Buratai made this known in a recent interview whose excerpt was made available to Legit.ng on Thursday, February 2.
According to the former ex-army general turned politician, the people of the northeast understood the need to oust the insurgents and they cooperated with the military.
Fight against terrorism is the peoples fight - Buratai
He stated that the ability to win the heart of the people turned the table around and further helped the military to carry out a seamless operation.
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"Winning the hearts and minds of the local population was a major event that turned the tables against the insurgents because it saw the emergence of reinvigorated joint civil-military operations task force, which is a joint task force composed of military operational formations from more than one service. A central coordination HQ was established."
He further revealed that the coordination of civil and humanitarian activities was facilitated in the region to help further the operations of the military.
"It assists the joint force commander in humanitarian or national-assistance operations, theater campaigns, or civil-military operations occurring concurrently."
2023 general election: "APC means well for Nigerians", says ex-army chief
Ahead of the 2023 polls, Nigerians have been urged to pitch their tents with the All Progressive Congress (APC) during the election
This appeal was made by the former chief of army staff turned politician, Tukur Yusufu Buratai ahead of the elections slated for Saturday, February, 25
In a recent interview, he revealed that the APC is the pathway to achieving the Nigerian dream and goals