— 1min read
Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has attributed the renewed attacks by the Boko Haram Terrorist group to the support of some wealth- to- do Nigerians.
The army chief made this revelation after he met with a security delegation from the Atlantic Council, African Centre in the United States of America.
He stressed that there was the need for more local and international support in order to effectively combat terrorism both in Nigeria and across the globe.
Buratai said: “We have some elements who are within this society and are still supporting them (Boko Haram) clandestinely.
“So the support of every Nigerian is very key to the end of this terrorism.”
He also clarified the role of the Army in prosecuting the counter-terrorism crusade in the northeast, which according to him had been misinterpreted by some people.
“There have been many misgivings on the role of the Nigerian Army as it relates to human rights abuses, rules of engagement, (and) treatment of civilians and Internally Displaced Persons.
“Hence, the need to conduct an assessment on the threats of Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria with emphasis on roles of (the) Nigeria Army has become imperative,” he said.
Leader of the delegation, John Peter-Pham, stressed that one of the ways to decimate the terrorists is by blocking their sources of funding.
Peter-Pham noted that the Boko Haram insurgency does not pose a threat to Nigeria alone but also to its neighbours in the international community, adding that terrorism has caused untold human suffering and is a setback for regional integration and economic growth.