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Published On: Wed, Jul 22nd, 2020

Insecurity: Stop accusing us, get involved, says Buratai

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Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army Staff

From Egena Sunday Ode

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai has said that Nigerians should stop the habit of complaining and accusing the military, but play their individual roles if they wanted a quick end to insurgency, banditry and other securiry threats to the country.
Accordingly, he urged all Nigerians to support the ongoing efforts by the military and other security agencies in tackling the menace.
Buratai spoke on Monday in an interview with State House Correspondents, after he had briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on activities of the army in the North-Western part of the country where the war against insurgency is still raging.
He said giving vital information about the whereabouts and movements of insurgents and bandits would help in no small way in containing the situation.
“If you want insurgency and other acts of criminality to end today, the totality of the people’s effort must be put into the matter so as 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 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,” Buratai said.
The Chief of Army Staff also said although securing the country was not an easy task, the army would continue to do its best in carrying out its task.
“We still carrying out our task and we will deal with them. You know securing a country is a task that everybody knows and we will prevent the country from any form of insecurity and in this case, you know the military task is very clear; to defend our country from external aggression, to defend our territorial integrity and to come to the aid of civil authority, which we are doing.
“So, the same task that we should end curtail or bring to the barest minimum, the issue of banditry, kidnapping, terrorism and insurgency and we will do it.
“We are essentially supporting the Nigerian Police and we will do it to make sure that our country is safe,” according to him.
Buratai noted that the worrisome situation in the North-West was already improving due to steps taken by officers and men of the Nigerian Army in collaboration with other security agencies.

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