Gowon: Mil­i­tary can end in­sur­gency soon

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - From Nabob Og­bonna, Abaka­liki

Former Head of State, re­tired Gen­eral Yakubu Gowon has ex­pressed con­fi­dence that the mil­i­tary will soon de­feat the Boko Haram in­sur­gents.

He how­ever said the Fed­eral Govern­ment could not have set the De­cem­ber dead­line to end the in­sur­gency.

Gowon made the re­marks yes­ter­day in Abaka­liki, the Ebonyi State dur­ing an ad­vo­cacy visit to Gov­er­nor David Umahi on malaria and other trop­i­cal dis­eases.

The former head of state, how­ever said he was con­fi­dent the mil­i­tary would con­tinue to put in its best to end the in­sur­gency that has claimed many lives.

Gowon who was Nige­ria’s leader dur­ing the civil war which lasted be­tween 1967 and 1970 had noted that then, the up­ris­ing was thought to be con­cluded with a po­lice op­er­a­tion but lasted 30 months.

"I can tell you this. No­body can re­ally talk about when any par­tic­u­lar op­er­a­tion is go­ing to end. And as a Com­man­der-in­Chief, 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…

"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," said the former head of state.

Be­sides, he ex­pressed con­cern that the in­sur­gents have re­sorted to us­ing un­der-aged and in­no­cent chil­dren as sui­cide bombers to carry out their var­i­ous op­er­a­tion.

Gowon who ap­pre­ci­ated the suc­cesses recorded by the previous govern­ment un­der Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan in the fight against Boko Haram main­tained that Pres­i­dent Buhari's ad­min­is­tra­tion since it came on board has seen the fight against the sect as para­mount in his agenda.

He urged Nige­ri­ans to pray fer­vently say­ing "prayer is an al­ter­na­tive and the most ef­fec­tive weapon to de­feat Boko Haram.”

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