General Yakubu Gowon, former head of state of Nigeria urges the federal government not to set a specific deadline for defeating Boko Haram
General Yakubu Gowon, former Head of State, yesterday urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the military not to set deadline for ending Boko Haram insurgency. Gowon made this known in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital when he led advocacy visit to Governor David Umahi on Malaria and four other neglected tropical diseases.
The Nigerian military will do its best to meet the December Deadline but noted that nobody can really and confidently talk about the particular time any military operation was going to end, he said. Although, he was quick to say that he has absolute confidence that the Military will defeat the sect.
“I can tell you this, nobody can really talk about when any particular operation is going to end. And as a Commander-in-chief, I know this. Yes, you can say you target a particular time, but it may finish before that time or it may go slightly beyond. To end it, that is the most important thing.
“I assure you that I have absolute confidence in our military that they are going to really deal with the situation as they are doing at the moment”, the former head of state said, expressing worry that the insurgents have resorted to using underage and innocent children as suicide bombers.
“May the spirits of these poor little children who are being brainwashed to carry out such heinous crimes rest in peace”, he added.
Gowon who appreciated the successes recorded by President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration in the fight against Boko Haram noted that President Buhari’s administration since it came on board has been doing a lot to wipe out the sect.
Sourced from National Mirror
— October 28, 2015 @ 9:00 GMT