The Chief of Army Staff of Nigeria, Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has said that “there is [a] likelihood of terrorism persisting in Nigeria for another 20 years”.
For the past decade Nigeria has been battling Boko Haram Islamist insurgency which has killed thousands of people and displaced millions.
Nigerian lawmakers this week summoned the country’s President Muhammadu Buhari over the recent killing of some farmers in north-east Borno State.
At least 43 people were believed to have been killed with their bodies recovered on a rice farm, an attack reportedly carried out by Boko Haram.
President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the attack, saying that “the entire country has been wounded by these senseless killings.”
The army chief said in a Facebook post that the persistence of terrorism “only depends on the level of escalation and the appropriate responses by all stakeholders both civil and military authorities.
Also by both local in international actors. Citizens responsibility is equally important and imperative. All must cooperate to contain the lingering insecurity. Let there be collective action and responsibility.”