By Ismail Auwal
The Chief of Army Staff (CoAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has said that terrorism is likely to persist in the country for the next 20 years depending on the level of escalation and stakeholders’ response.
Buratai’s prediction came five days after 43 rice farmers were slaughtered in Zabarmari village of Borno State by suspected member of Boko Haram terror group.
Commenting on his Facebook timeline, the Chief Army Staff observed that there is a general misunderstanding of what terrorism and insurgency entail.
“There is likelihood of terrorism persisting in Nigeria for another 20 years. It only depends on the level of escalation and the appropriate responses by all stakeholders both civil and military authorities,” he noted.
According to him, citizens responsibility and both local international synergy are key to wining the war.
“All must cooperate to contain the lingering insecurity. Let there be collective action and responsibility,” he urged.